While technical schools and community colleges offer certificate and associate's degree programs that teach skills relevant to heavy equipment operation, they do not offer certification. Heavy equipment operation programs may be in the broad field of diesel and heavy equipment technology or focus on a specific type of equipment, such as diesel engines. Students usually learn to operate heavy equipment or maintain and repair it, and hands-on lab experience is a common component of these programs.
Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College is located in Santa Ana, California. This community college offers associate degree and certificate programs in a variety of occupational areas, including business, computers, music, occupational therapy, paralegal and hospitality. Students can pursue an associate's degree in diesel and equipment technology or earn a certificate in diesel and heavy equipment technology or mid-range engine service.
The diesel and heavy equipment technology certificate program combines lectures with lab experience in heavy-duty transportation equipment, diesel engines, steering and suspension components and power train units. The mid-range engine service certificate provides students with the training and knowledge necessary to work with mass-produced medium-engine trucks. The associate's program has the same core courses as the diesel and heavy equipment technology certificate program but also includes general education courses.
San Joaquin Delta College
San Joaquin Delta College, located in Stockton, serves a student population of over 20,000 individuals each year. It offers heavy equipment certificate and associate's degree programs through its division of Applied Science & Technology.
The school's diesel technology certificate program uses classroom lectures and laboratory experiences to give students an understanding of the general maintenance procedures for diesel engines, diesel trucks and other heavy supportive equipment. The 18-unit program is designed to help individuals gain an entry-level position in the trucking and diesel industries. Including the same certificate program courses along with general education, the associate's program in diesel technology qualifies students for employment opportunities with diesel and trucking companies.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Santa Ana College||2-year, public; large city|| Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate,
Mid-Range Engine Service Option Certificate,
AS in Diesel and Equipment Technology
|$1,160 (in-state), $8,960 (out-of-state)*|
|San Joaquin Delta College||2-year, public; large city|| Diesel Technology Certificate,
AA in Diesel Technology
|$1,288 (in-state), $8,848 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator