Programs that train students in heavy equipment repair can be found at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities across the U.S.
10 Schools with Heavy Equipment Repair Programs
The following schools offer heavy equipment repair programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing, Michigan||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,020 In-district
|Spokane Community College||Spokane, Washington||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,388 In-state
|Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Dipoma
| $2,768 In-state
|Houston Community College||Houston, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,632 In-district
|Wilkes Community College||Wilkesboro, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $2,508 In-state
|Linn-Benton Community College||Albany, Oregon||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,265 In-state
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, Pennsylvania||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $15,810 In-state
|Davidson County Community College||Thomasville, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $2,460 In-state
|Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $2,334 In-state
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $2,025 In-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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School Selection Criteria
Students who wish to become heavy equipment repair technicians have many programs available to them at 2- and 4-year colleges. There are several points to consider in selecting a school, including:
- Prospective heavy equipment repair mechanics should weigh the advantages of attending a technical or trade schools compared to those of a community college.
- Since hands-on experiences are so important to students in this field, research each program's offerings.
- Students interested in working with a specific type of machinery, such as logging or mining rigs, should pursue programs closely related to that industry.
- Research the variety and length of internship opportunities offered by a school.
Certificate in Heavy Equipment Repair
Certificate programs in heavy equipment repair can take up to one year to complete. Students gain practical skills, such as welding, service writing and engine rebuilding. Upon completion, students will be qualified to work on regular engines and rig maintenance, as well as complete heavy equipment overhauls.
Associate's Degree in Heavy Equipment Repair
Associate's degrees in heavy equipment repair prepare students for entry-level positions at repair shops. Some programs require that students complete a certificate program prior to enrollment. Programs include practical training, and students are often required to complete a cooperative work experience or internship. Graduates will be able to diagnose, repair and rebuild heavy equipment, electrical systems and engines.
Bachelor's Degree in Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology
There are a few bachelor degree programs available related to heavy equipment repair. Along with focusing on various engines and equipment, students may be required to complete extensive math, business and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training before graduation. Internships may be required or available as electives.
Heavy equipment repair technicians have the responsibility of installing, servicing and repairing equipment on large vehicles and machinery. There are a variety of programs available, from a certificate program to a bachelor's degree program.