Heavy Equipment

  • Students in the Heavy Equipment program will learn how to service, repair and operate various types of excavation equipment. Instruction leads students through preventative maintenance, basic fabrication, hand tools, power tools, heating and cooling systems, engines and powertrains to safe and appropriate job site use of equipment.


    About this program: 


    • Successful Student Attributes: safety-oriented, can problem-solve on their own, has basic understanding of science and math concepts and skills, perseverance, foundational spatial reasoning skills


    • Career Opportunities: Heavy-Duty Truck Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Equipment Operator, Highway Maintenance Worker, or License Plate Manufacture at Auburn State Prison.


    • Program Length: Two years


    • Industry Alignment: Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) - Standards for Equipment Technology; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


    • Integrated Academic Coursework: Career and Financial Management (½ credit); Science (½)credit per year)


    • Graduation Pathways: 4+1 Pathway Option: AED written exam & Precision Exams Practical (part 2)- Agricultural Machinery Technology, CDOS Pathway



    Opportunities through this program:


    • College Credit Opportunities: Articulation Agreements: Lincoln Technical Institute; Ohio Technical College; SUNY Cobleskill


    • Credential Opportunities: 10-hour OSHA General Industry Safety and Health credential


    • Program Achievement Opportunities: Technical endorsement on graduation diploma and/or National Technical Honor Society


    • Industry Assessments: AED written exam & Precision Exams Practical (part 2)- Agricultural Machinery Technology




    • Program Supplies, Materials, Assessments Provided: safety glasses, gloves, high-visibility jacket, hard hat, work boots, work gloves; 10-hour OSHA credential; Precision Exams-Agricultural Machinery Technology



    • 9th Grade Reading Level Text Sample: Recommended torque check to ensure that proper clamps and spacer are being used. The adjusters do not travel over the center of the vertical line of the brake cam and are within the maximum travel distance for the size chamber. Stroke can be compensated for by the adjuster screw if needed. Never, under any circumstances, use a grease gun to adjust tracks having a capacity higher than 8000psi. Tee a pressure gauge gun tube to check pressure. If the piston cannot be moved with this type grease gun, disassemble track adjuster and free sized parts. (NCCER modules, Year 1)


    • Sample Vocabulary: resistance, hydraulic, vented reservoir, oxyacetylene, electrode


    • Sample Science Problem: Create and pressure test a hydraulic hose to 120 PSI with zero failure outcomes. 


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