Heavy Equipment

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Course Description

The course provides training in the diagnosis, repair, and operation of heavy equipment and heavy duty trucks.  Students learn the principles of the diesel engine, drive train, brakes, suspension and steering, hydraulics, and preventive maintenance.

Students disassemble and rebuild small engines and learn introductory welding skills.  Additional topics in the program include: biodiesel, alternative fuels, and heavy equipment operation.

Course Content

  • Diesel engine operation and repair
  • Suspension and steering operation and repair
  • Air brake operation and repair
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Shop safety
  • Welding
  • Forklift operation
  • Basic mechanical skills
  • Backhoe operation
  • CDL pre-trip inspection

College Agreements:

  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • Alfred State

Career Opportunities Can Include:

  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Truck Technician
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Diesel Engine Technician
  • Heavy Duty Truck Mechanic
  • Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Equipment Salesperson
  • Truck Driver
  • Opportunities as State, County, or Town Municipal Workers or Equipment Operator

Industry-based Certification:

  • Forklift Operation Certification
  • CDL Class B Credential

Program Considerations:

  • Communicate verbally and in writing
  • Process commencement level algebraic equations
  • Have good reading and comprehension skills
  • Posess excellent hand eye coordination
  • Be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Apply problem-solving skills
  • Work individually and as a team member
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Posses auditory and visual awareness

NYS Area Colleges with Related Majors:

Alfred State College

SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Morrisville

Lincoln College of Technology