Schools for Aspiring Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Heavy equipment mechanics repair, maintain and service diesel-powered equipment and vehicles, and there are different types of programs that offer training for prospective mechanics. Both certificate and associate's degree programs can be found at various 2-year colleges.

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

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
  • Welding
  • Hydraulics
  • 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

College/University Institution Type
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

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