Heavy Equipment Service TechnicianTransportation & Industrial
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Preparation for Employment
This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in the heavy equipment industry across the state. The content includes practical experiences in electronic engine operation, diesel engine complete rebuild, hydraulic system testing, heavy equipment fleet maintenance performance, and transmission rebuild with specialized skills in electronics such as use of manufacturers diagnostic tools. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare a student to enter the HEM workforce without the necessity of going through a formal dealer apprentice program. A student will be ready and technically prepared to take on the challenges of a Rental Store, Main Shop, and Contractor Maintenance Technician. Furthermore, they will have a solid foundation that will allow rapid advancement in the industry.
T2- Diesel Engines
T8- Preventative Maintenance-Inspection
► Technician Helper
► Engine Rebuild
► Hydraulic System Operation
► Mobile Air Conditioning
► Brakes Systems
► Caterpillar Electronic Technician
► Caterpillar Service Information System
► Dealer Service Technician
► Contractor Service Technician
► Rental Store Service Technician
► Parts Store Professional
► Maintenance Technician
► Machine/Rental Sales Representative
► Field Service Technician
► Truck Shop Service Technician
► Industrial Engine Service Technician
► The following table illustrates the program structure:
|Course #||OCP||Course Name||Hours|
|DIM0101||A||Diesel Engine Mechanic/Technician Helper||150|
|DIM0102||B||Diesel Electrical and Electronics Technician||300|
|DIM0103||C||Diesel Engine Preventative Maintenance Technician||150|
|DIM0104||D||Diesel Engine Technician||300|
|DIM0105||E||Diesel Brakes Technician||300|
|DIM0106||F||Diesel Heating and Air Conditioning Technician||150|
|DIM0107||G||Diesel Steering and Suspension Technician||150|
|DIM0108||H||Diesel Drivetrain Technician||150|
|DIM0110||I||Diesel Power Train Technician||150|
Reading 9.0 Math 9.0 Language 9.0
*Some students qualify for exemption from this requirement.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The heart of Heavy Equipment is the Diesel Engine like this Caterpillar C – 12.
Up To Date Technology
Heavy Equipment Mechanics use of State of the Art Electrical Training Aids will provide a firm foundation for troubleshooting of Advanced electronics.
Current Engine Technology
You will be challenged performing complete rebuild of diesel Engines like those that use the Common Rail fuel system.
Prepare for the Challenge
Heavy Equipment Mechanics require a mastery of many systems; Hydraulics, Engine, Power Train and Electronics. To demand the best compensation you must be prepared for the challenge. Through practicing on machines and use hydraulic trainers you will master this challenge.
Heavy Equipment Machines
Gain practical experience working on machines like this 160M Caterpillar Motor Grader.
There is little that can replace hands-on reinforcement of system principles like testing and making adjustment to real Heavy Equipment.
What better way to master the fundamentals of power train systems than to perform complete rebuild of a motor grader and scraper transmission.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is Heavy Equipment Mechanics?
A. Heavy Equipment Mechanic Program is a Post Secondary vocational program covering 1800 hours of over a two year period. It consists of nine courses, starting with Diesel Engine Technician Helper and Diesel Electrical and Electronics. Then progressing into Diesel Engine Technology and Air Conditioning and further studies into Power Train, Drive Train and Steering courses.
Q: Do I have a good chance at getting hired?
A.This program is heavily supported by some of the largest names in the industry, which makes the content very applicable to the jobs you will find upon graduation.
Ociel OlguinJourneyman - Harvest Mechanic / U.S. Sugar
I graduated from LHS and enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Service Technician program in August 2018. After graduating from the HEST program I was hired by U.S. Sugar and started working within a week! Now I'm making $26.29 per hour as a Journeyman.
Roberto HernandezJourneyman- Harvest Mechanic / U.S. Sugar
After high school, I enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Service Technician program in August 2018. I enrolled in the Farmworker Career Development Program in July 2018 requesting funding assistance. After completing the HEST program I was hired by U.S. Sugar within the next week. Now I am a journeyman at U.S. Sugar.