Clinton Gray, Department Chair
Email address: GrayCJ@alfredstate.edu
This program will provide you with the hands-on skills and expert training required by heavy equipment operators for the light construction and heavy highway industries. Instruction is provided in heavy equipment operations theory, as well as grades, soils, blueprint reading, safety, and supervision.
You will spend approximately 25 percent of your lab time operating real, industry-standard equipment; the balance of the lab time is spent on equipment inspection, maintenance, grades, lot layout, operation support, and estimating.
Programs leading to an AOS degree are hands-on and do not include liberal arts and sciences courses. Offered at the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, heavy equipment operations is geared toward a person who would like to enter the heavy equipment operation industry following graduation.
Alfred State heavy equipment operations graduates may enter directly into the construction supervision BTech or technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the baccalaureate program in two additional years; others may complete the program in two-and-one-half years.
Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 88 percent are employed; 12 percent continued their education.
A list of required tools, equipment, PPE, etc. for the program mentioned above can be found at http://www.alfredstate.edu/admissions/accepted-students/required-tools-supplies.
A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.
Required: Letters of recommendation, essay, and resume indicating related work experience and/or knowledge of field
Recommended: Algebra and Geometry
Students will be accepted for the heavy equipment operations program based on the strength of their application. Criteria for consideration will include high school average, regents exam scores (if a New York State student), grades in related course work, results of standardized tests (if available), and additional information provided through letters of recommendation, a personal essay indicating career goals, and a resume.
Applicants in the heavy equipment operations program must meet the following physical requirements:
Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). This office may be contacted by email at DisabilityServices@alfredstate.edu or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encourages to contact OAS as early as possible.
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
|BLCT||1002||Intro to Construction Safety||2|
|BLCT||1302||Blueprint Reading & Grades I||2|
|BLCT||1312||Introduction to Earth Moving||2|
|BLCT||1322||Preventive Maintenance Checks||2|
|BLCT||1332||Operations Part I||2|
|BLCT||1306||Heavy Equipment Lab I||6|
|BLCT||2302||Work Zone Safety||2|
|BLCT||2312||Blueprint Reading & Grades II||2|
|BLCT||2322||Equipment Preventative Maintnc||2|
|BLCT||2332||Operations - Part II||2|
|BLCT||2352||Compaction & Stabilization||2|
|BLCT||2306||Heavy Equipment Lab II||6|
|BLCT||3302||Blueprint Reading & Grades III||2|
|BLCT||3312||Introduction to Grading||2|
|BLCT||3342||Construction Proj Supervision||2|
|BLCT||3352||Tracked Finishing & Grading||2|
|BLCT||3306||Heavy Equipment Lab III||6|
|BLCT||4002||Below Grade Construction||2|
|BLCT||4402||Wheeled Finishing & Grading||2|
|BLCT||4422||Project Management & Support||2|
|BLCT||4442||Machine Control Technology||2|
|BLCT||4406||Heavy Equipment Lab IV||6|
A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average.