2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Heavy Equipment Technology (HEQT-AAS-TE), A.A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Sciences in Heavy Equipment Technology focuses on inspection, diagnostics, and repair/rebuild of all types of heavy-duty equipment. Student will be able to identify problems through measurement and observation, interpret data collected and decide on a course of action. In hands-on labs, students repair, replace or adjust components and perform preventive maintenance tasks. Heavy Equipment Technology graduates often secure job titles that include heavy equipment technician, agricultural equipment technician, maintenance technician, and service technician. Student can also choose to stay and pursue the Bachelor of Science in Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology.

The Associate of Applied Science in Heavy Equipment Technology is accreditated by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE Education Foundation). (https://aseeducationfoundation.org/ase-education-foundation)

Program Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge in the subject areas of safety and administration, electrical and electronics, hydraulics and hydro statics, power trains, diesel engine and air conditioning and heating as they apply to heavy equipment vehicles.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) (2.50 -2.74 with college approval)
  • Minimum Composite Score of ACT 17/SAT 910, Math Score of ACT 15/SAT 400
  • Placement into MATH 110 

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Placement in MATH 110 
  • Placement into ENGL 150 

University Requirements - 19 to 21 Credits Required

First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 0 to 1 Credit Required

All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 19 to 20 Credits Required

Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for an associate degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 6 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 to 4 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

Natural Sciences Competency - 4 Credits Required

One course is required with a minimum of 3 credits: must be a lab course.

College Requirements - 46 Credits Required

Technical Related Courses - 2 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Depending on when a student enters the program, they will enroll in an internship program during the first or second summer after entering the program. The internship will consist of 12 weeks, 480 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.

Suggested Semester Layout

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First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 14

Spring Courses

Total Credits: 15

Contact Information

Automotive Management and Heavy Equipment Engineering Technology Programs
(231) 591-2810
[email protected]

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