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Heavy Equipment, Truck & Diesel Technician

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AOS Degree – Code #0452

Kent Johnson, Department Chair
Email address: johnsokw@alfredstate.edu

One of our most popular programs, this specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training designed to prepare you to enter the dynamic field of heavy equipment maintenance and repair. You will receive a strong foundation on all types of vehicles during your freshman year, followed by a year of concentration on trucks, bulldozers, earthmovers, farm tractors, and other diesel-powered equipment during your senior year.

Advantages

  • Our heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician program is the only program in New York and New England that is approved by the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS). The heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician program is one of only nine national ADS TechSmart training programs.
  • Students successfully completing the heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician program may return for a third year (senior year) in automotive service technician or motorsports technology and earn a second associate degree. They may be admitted to autobody repair with the department chair’s approval.
  • Students may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in eight areas and the ADS TechCert test. Students are eligible for New York State inspection certification upon successful completion of their freshman year. In their senior year, students may take the test for certification in Basic Engine Theory through the Association of Diesel Specialists.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.
  • Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive.
  • Demonstrate a functional ability to read and retain/apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck drive trains.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck electrical and electronic systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck gas engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck brakes, steering and suspension systems.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the BBA program in two additional years; others may complete the BBA program in two-and-one-half years.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Agricultural equipment mechanic
  • Service manager
  • Diesel engine specialist
  • Diesel fuel system specialist
  • Shop foreman
  • Heavy equipment mechanic
  • Truck fleet mechanic
  • Industrial equipment mechanic
  • Marine engine service technician

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 98 percent – 98 percent are employed.

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards

Applicants for all programs in the Automotive Trades Department must meet the following physical requirements:

  1. Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  2. Must be able to effectively communicate with a person six (6) to ten (10) feet away.
  3. Must be able to visually decipher small images on a monitor or digital display.
  4. Must be able to distinguish sounds associated with mechanical failures.
  5. Must be able to comprehend written information found in service repair manuals.
  6. Must have a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

Certification Or Licensure

Students may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in eight areas and the ADS TechCert test. Students are eligible for New York State inspection certification upon successful completion of their freshman year. In their senior year, students may take the test for certification in Basic Engine Theory through the Association of Diesel Specialists.

Heavy Equipment, Truck & Diesel Technician - AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

AUTO 1224 Welding 4
AUTO 1245 Trk Bsc Elctrns & Cmpnt Ovrhal 5
AUTO 1219 Truck Brake, Steer & Sus Sys 9
      18

Second

AUTO 1239 Trk Insp, Maint, AC, Clng/Htng 9
AUTO 2169 Truck Gas Eng Tune-up, Electro 9
      18

Third

AUTO 3609 Heavy Duty Drive Train 9
AUTO 3649 Diesel Engine Service 9
      18

Fourth

AUTO 3623 Air Brake Service 3
AUTO 4363 Heavy Duty Elec/Hydr Special 3
AUTO 4669 Diesel Fuel System Service 9
AUTO 2503 Prev Maint for Hvy Tk & Diesel 3
      18

Continuing Students:
Students successfully completing the heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician program receive first priority for space if they wish a third year (senior year) in automotive service technician. They may be admitted to autobody repair with the department chair’s approval.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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.