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.

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Although many professional heavy equipment mechanics do not complete a formal education program, gaining experience through on-the-job-training instead, 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.

10 Heavy Equipment Mechanic Schools

These institutions offer heavy equipment mechanic programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,020 In-state $5,660; Out-of-state $8,300
Wake Tech Community College Raleigh, NC 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,768; Out-of-state $8,912
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $3,388; Out-of-state $8,726
Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,265; Out-of-state $9,313
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma In-state $2,664; Out-of-state $8,808
Cedar Valley College Dallas County, TX 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $1,770; In-state $3,330; Out-of-state $5,220
Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $4,350; Out-of-state $10,188
Lane Community College Eugene, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,047; Out-of-state $9,213
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $4,045; Out-of-state $5,971
Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,460; Out-of-state $8,604

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

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School Selection Criteria

There are several considerations when choosing a heavy equipment mechanic program.

  • 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, so students should choose a program that offers plenty of practical training.
  • Costs differ between certificate and associate degree programs, and some programs include different certifications in the cost of tuition.
  • Some schools may offer interview and resume preparation assistance for graduates seeking employment.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs give students enough knowledge and training to find an entry-level position as a heavy equipment mechanic.

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.

Heavy equipment mechanic programs can give graduates an advantage when seeking employment in this field. The program costs vary widely, depending on the length of the program, and some schools offer tuition discounts to local or in-state students.

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