Heavy Equipment School in NY with Course and Program Overviews

Jan 21, 2019

There are four schools in NY that have degree programs in heavy equipment training. Read an overview of two schools' programs and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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NY Schools with Programs in Heavy Equipment

Students can learn how to operate and maintain heavy equipment vehicles by enrolling in a heavy equipment degree program. Training for prospective heavy equipment professionals can often be found in community or technical colleges as well as universities. Studies are most commonly found at the associate degree level. Students of these programs can learn everything from operating equipment to performing maintenance and conducting inspections. Programs often include hands-on learning experiences in labs or at on-site locations.

Learn more about two colleges from the State University of New York (SUNY) educational system and their relevant programs. Get information about courses and program duration. Details about these schools and programs are found in the following article. Facts about each school are presented in a table.

  • SUNY Alfred State College of Technology offers two associate degrees in heavy equipment operation and maintenance. These programs are offered at the school's applied technology campus in Wellsville, NY, about 15 miles from the main campus in Alfred.
  • SUNY Canton, located in upstate New York roughly 150 miles north of Albany, offers a related program in automotive technology that could train students to become heavy equipment mechanics.

Comparison of Schools

Various factors about all schools providing heavy equipment and related programs should be considered before you choose a particular program. Consider the facts about each of the two schools discussed in this article below, which includes statistics pertaining to student population, admission rates, tuition, and retention and graduation rates.

SUNY Alfred State College of Technology SUNY Canton
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,686* 3,180*
Campus Setting Remote town Remote town
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018) $8,327* $8,130 (in state)*
$12,320 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 96%* 96%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 68%* 79%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 65%* 77%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2011) 52%* 36%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

SUNY Alfred State College of Technology

Located in Western New York, SUNY Alfred State College of Technology prepares students for technical professions in building, construction, technology and automotive trades.

Associate in Occupational Studies in Heavy Equipment Operation

An associate degree program in heavy equipment operation teaches students how to operate a variety of heavy equipment vehicles, such as earth movers and paving equipment. Classes are taken in grading, equipment safety, finish operations and blueprint reading. Students learn heavy equipment operation through hands-on labs.

Associate in Occupational Studies in Heavy Equipment, Truck and Diesel Technician

Students interested in providing mechanical maintenance for heavy equipment vehicles can enroll in this technician program, which teaches students how to work on engines and fuel and brake systems in trucks, dozers, tractors and diesel-powered equipment. Students learn technical skills through mechanical labs and courses in air brakes, welding and preventative maintenance. The program is popular and enrollment is limited each semester.

SUNY Canton

SUNY's campus in Canton is located in Northern New York, approximately 20 miles from the Canadian border. More than 3,000 students attend this college, which offers 50 degree programs.

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology

Students interested in heavy equipment vehicle maintenance can enroll in the automotive technology program. Although the program covers automotive maintenance for all types of vehicles, students can also learn maintenance and repair skills that can lead to careers in heavy equipment vehicle maintenance.

The 2-year program includes a variety of courses in engineering technology, including welding, electrical systems, braking systems, engine performance and diesel engines. With this degree, graduates may be able to find positions with heavy vehicle repair shops, construction companies and equipment rental agencies.

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