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Certificate of Achievement
Heavy Equipment Technology - Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician

The courses required for this certificate of achievement encompass a comprehensive list of job-related skills required to acquire heavy equipment maintenance skills. The skills obtained during these courses prepare students for entry-level employment as a heavy equipment maintenance technician, or other positions within a heavy equipment repair facility.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HET 121 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment MaintenanceM3.0
HET 121 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Maintenance (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of periodic maintenance of various heavy equipment systems such as engines, hydraulics, drive trains, final drives, and hydraulic and air brake systems. Students will learn basic tools and shop equipment, and how to safely perform routine services and minor repair operations on heavy machinery. This course is designed to be a companion course to HET 122, HET 123, HET 124 and HET 125, and is required for the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician certificate. Students are encouraged to complete all five courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in heavy equipment technology.

HET 122 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Electrical and Diagnostic ProceduresM3.0
HET 122 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Electrical and Diagnostic Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the basics of the heavy equipment electrical systems. Topics include fundamental principles, electrical symbols and schematics, batteries, starting, charging, and lighting systems. Students will learn the proper use of electrical measuring tools and how to safely perform basic electrical tests and minor repairs. This course is designed to be a companion course to HET 121, HET 123, HET 124 and HET 125, and it is required for the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician certificate. Students are encouraged to complete all five courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in heavy equipment technology.

HET 123 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Mobile HydraulicsM3.0
HET 123 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Mobile Hydraulics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the basic construction and operation of mobile hydraulic systems. Topics include hydraulic safety, fundamental principles, pumps, valves, cylinders and motors, hoses, couplers, and hydraulic symbols and schematics. Students will learn the proper use of hydraulic tools and how to safely perform hydraulic tests and minor repairs. This course is designed to be a companion course to HET 121, HET 122, HET 124 and HET 125, and it is required for the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician certificate. Students are encouraged to complete all five courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in heavy equipment technology.

HET 124 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment PowertrainsM3.0
HET 124 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Powertrains (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the basic construction and operation of heavy equipment powertrains. Topics include principles of gears, friction clutches, fluid couplers, anti-friction bearings, planetary gears, and differential gear sets. Students will learn the proper use of precision measuring tools and how to safely perform basic powertrain tests and minor repairs. This course is designed to be a companion course to HET 121, HET 122, HET 123 and HET 125, and it is required for the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician certificate. Students are encouraged to complete all five courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in heavy equipment technology.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
2nd Semester
HET 125 - Introduction to Diesel Engines, Fuel Systems and EmissionsM3.0
HET 125 - Introduction to Diesel Engines, Fuel Systems and Emissions (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is and introductory course design to familiarize the students with the basic construction, operation, and emission controls of the four-stroke diesel engine. Topics include engine blocks, rotating assemblies, cylinder heads, valve trains, and intake, exhaust, lubrication and cooling systems. In addition, fuel systems and diesel emission reduction strategies will also be discussed. Students will learn the proper use of diagnostic tools and how to safely perform basic engine tests and minor repairs. This course is designed to be a companion course to HET 121, HET 122, HET 123 and HET 124, and it is required for the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician certificate. Students are encouraged to complete all five courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in Heavy Equipment Technology.

HET 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Heavy Equipment Technology Related FieldsM1.0
HET 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Heavy Equipment Technology Related Fields (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under the supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the heavy equipment maintenance field and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. "Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures".

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours;4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
Total Units for Heavy Equipment Technology - Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician COA program 16.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

When given a heavy machine, students will carry out a machine performance test and determine if all systems operate as intended.


2

When given a heavy machine, students will carry out electrical performance tests and determine if the electrical system operates as intended.


3

When given a heavy machine, students will carry out hydraulic performance tests and determine if the hydraulic system operates as intended.


4

When given a heavy machine, students will carry out powertrain performance tests and determine if the powertrain system operates as intended.


5

When given a heavy machine, students will carry out engine performance tests and determine if the engine operates as intended.


6

When given a heavy machine, students will document all service events and communicate them to the interested parties in accordance with industry standards.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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