How to Select a Heavy Equipment Mechanic School
Although many professional heavy equipment mechanics do not complete a formal education program and gain experience through on-the-job-training instead, many employers prefer to hire employees who have earned a certificate or degree from a heavy equipment mechanic program. Prospective students may find these programs at technical schools, community colleges and vocational institutes.
Summary of considerations:
- Length of program can be a factor as certificates take less time to complete than associate's degrees and require fewer, if any, general education courses.
- Hands-on training and previous experience are important hiring requirements for heavy diesel mechanics.
- Costs differ between certificate and associate degree programs, and some programs include different certifications in the cost of tuition.
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Program Overviews
Certificate programs give students enough knowledge and training to find an entry-level position as a heavy equipment mechanic. Course topics include:
- Diesel power trains
- Diesel engines
Associate Degree Programs
Students who wish to earn an associate degree in heavy equipment technology typically earn an Associate of Science, an Associate of Technology or an Associate of Occupational Studies. Most programs focus on fuel, electrical and brake systems, as well as repair, maintenance and analysis of diesel engines. Some programs ready students for national certification in heavy diesel engine emission control and for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Coursework may cover:
- Basic truck electronics
- Heavy duty drive trains
- Air brake service
- Diesel fuel systems
- Air conditioning, cooling and heating
10 Heavy Equipment Mechanic Schools
|Lansing Community College||2-year, Public|
|Wake Tech Community College||2-year, Public|
|Spokane Community College||2-year, Public|
|Lin-Benton Community College||2-year, Public|
|Central Piedmont Community College||2-year, Public|
|Dallas County Community College||2-year, Public|
|Southside Virginia Community College||2-year, Public|
|Lane Community College||2-year, Public|
|Blackhawk Technical College||2-year, Public|
|Davidson County Community College||2-year, Public|