Heavy Equipment Operations
AOS Degree – Code #1908
M. William Bigelow, Program Coordinator
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This program provides instruction in the skills required by heavy equipment operators for the light construction and heavy highway industries. Instruction is provided in heavy equipment operations theory as well as grades, soils, blueprint reading, safety, and supervision. Students spend approximately 25 percent of the lab time operating equipment; the balance of the lab time is spent on equipment inspection, maintenance, grades, lot layout, operation support, and estimating.
Programs leading to an AOS degree are hands-on programs and do not include liberal arts and sciences courses. Offered at the School of Applied Technology Campus in Wellsville, heavy equipment operations is geared toward a person who would like to enter the heavy equipment operation industry following graduation.
Classes and labs are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day with a break for lunch. Each morning, one or two hours are devoted to class lectures on subjects specific to the heavy equipment operation trade. The classroom training is then applied in a hands-on laboratory setting or off campus at a construction site.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Select the correct piece of equipment and demonstrate the proper use for an earth moving or excavation project.
Select and use the necessary PPE for a given construction project.
Demonstrate the proper set up and use of various types of survey equipment.
Read and interpret blueprints.
Accurately estimate materials for a project.
Demonstrate essential problem solving and supervisory skills.
Perform common mathematical calculations.
Demonstrate how to excavate to meet construction and OSHA standards, based on the soil type.
Safely operate various equipment utilized in the construction industry.
Perform computer based research and communication.
DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Alfred State heavy equipment operations graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
Town, village, county department of public works
NYS Department of Transportation
Highway and heavy construction companies
Employment and Transfer Rate: 100 percent - 100 percent are employed
Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician
Students will be accepted for the heavy equipment operations program based on the strength of their application.Criteria for consideration will include high school average, regents exam scores (if a New York State student), grades in related course work, results of standardized tests (if available), and additional information provided through letters of recommendation, a personal essay indicating career goals, and a resume. Initial application review will begin on Nov. 1.
Applicants in the heavy equipment operations program must meet the following physical requirements:
Must be able to lift 50 pounds to shoulder height.
Must be able to perform safely in the laboratory.
Must be able to communicate orally with a person 20 feet away.
Must be able to climb a ladder and/or able to climb, un-aided, onto and off of equipment using three points of contact.
Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
Must be able to visually read from a blueprint or drawing.
Must be able to hear a backup warning alarm.
Heavy Equipment Operations - AOS Degree
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
Safety & Ident of Heavy Equipment
Blueprint Reading & Grades
Operations - Part I
Introduction to Earth Moving
Soils - Part I
Equipment Safety-Part II
Grades & Blueprint Reading II
Equipment Preventive Maintenance
Operations Part II
Soils Part II
Advanced Equipment Safety
Blueprint Reading Part III
Operations Part III
Paving Part I
Soils Part III
Supervision Part I
Below Grade Construction (Heavy Highway)
Earth Moving (Heavy Highway)
Finishing & Grading
Operations Part IV
Paving Part II
Supervision Part II
A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average.