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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology

A.A.S./Diploma

Career Description
Two program options allow students to prepare for careers in maintenance, repair, and diagnostics of diesel equipment. This program concentrates on the hydraulic/hydrostatic, power train, electrical/electronics, and engine systems of off-road construction equipment such as crawlers, excavators, backhoes, front end loaders, motor graders, and skid steer loaders.

Program Information
There are two program options. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma is an eleven-month program consisting of a Fall and Spring semester plus an accelerated six-week summer session. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree consists of all coursework from the Technician Diploma program plus and an additional 20 elective credits. A minimum of 16 of the elective credits must be General Education courses from at least three of the goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Apply safe shop and equipment practices
2. Demonstrate proper use and care of shop and personal tools
3. Inspect, diagnose, and conduct failure analysis and perform preventative maintenance inspections in electrical, hydraulic, engines and power train systems
4. Use service resources and software technologies
5. Apply fundamental skills and concepts to problem solving situations
6. Communicate effectively in written and speaking in diesel mechanics industry situations
7. Demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship and professionalism

Special Program Requirements
Students enrolled in these programs must supply their own basic tool sets. A guideline of what tools are needed is available from admissions. A pre-enrollment drug test is required of all students. Enrolled students will remain in a random drug testing consortium.

Employment Opportunities
Graduating students find employment at original equipment manufacturing dealerships, construction contractors, independent repair facilities, federal, state and local government agencies, and the related forestry industry.

 

 

A.A.S. CURRICULUM

Fall Semester
DHET 1103   Intro to Construction Equipment (1cr)
OR  HEOM 1200  Intro to Operations (1cr)

MATH 1500 Applied Math (3cr)

The following classes are offered in the fall and the spring:
DHET 1125   Hydraulic Theory (3cr)
DHET 1126   Hydraulic Lab (5cr)
DHET 1128   Power Trains Theory (2cr)
DHET 1129   Power Trains Lab (5cr)
Total 19 Credits

Spring Semester
DHET 1123 Customer Service/Service Management (2cr)

The following classes are offered in the fall and the spring:
DHET 1107   Electrical Theory (3cr)
DHET 1108   Electrical Lab (5cr)
DHET 1117   Engine Theory (3cr)
DHET 1118   Engine Lab (5cr)
Total 18 Credits

Summer Semester
DHET 1132*   On Highway Vehicle Systems Theory (3cr)
DHET 1133*   On Highway Vehicle Systems Lab (4cr)
Total 7 Credits

Student must complete the requirement listed in the AAS Degree/General Education Transfer Curriculum document
Additional Credits:    20

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 64 credits
*Denotes Prerequisites

To receive the AAS Degree the student must complete the
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma Program.
Plus have a minimum of 16 general education credits and 4
elective technical credits or 20 General Education credits and
no additional technical credits for a total of 64 credits. These
credits can be transferred in from another accredited college.

DIPLOMA CURRICULUM
Gainful Employment

Fall Semester
DHET 1103   Intro to Construction Equipment (1cr)
OR  HEOM 1200  Intro to Operations (1cr)

MATH 1500 Applied Math (3cr)

The following classes are offered in the fall and the spring:
DHET 1125   Hydraulic Theory (3cr)
DHET 1126   Hydraulic Lab (5cr)
DHET 1128   Power Trains Theory (2cr)
DHET 1129   Power Trains Lab (5cr)
Total 19 Credits

Spring Semester
DHET 1123 Customer Service/Service Management (2cr)

The following classes are offered in the fall and the spring:
DHET 1107   Electrical Theory (3cr)
DHET 1108   Electrical Lab (5cr)
DHET 1117   Engine Theory (3cr)
DHET 1118   Engine Lab (5cr)
Total 18 Credits

Summer Semester
DHET 1132*   On Highway Vehicle Systems Theory (3cr)
DHET 1133*   On Highway Vehicle Systems Lab (4cr)
Total 7 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 44 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

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