Heavy Equipment Operations

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.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Town, village, county department of public works

NYS Department of Transportation

Highway and heavy construction companies

Mining companies

Logging companies

Employment Statistics

Employment and Transfer Rate: 100 percent - 100 percent are employed

RELATED PROGRAMS

Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

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.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

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

First

BLCT

1053

Safety & Ident of Heavy Equipment

3

BLCT

1044

Blueprint Reading & Grades

4

BLCT

1016

Operations - Part I

6

BLCT

1043

Introduction to Earth Moving

3

BLCT

1052

Soils - Part I

2

18

Second

BLCT

2023

Equipment Safety-Part II

3

BLCT

2034

Grades & Blueprint Reading II

4

BLCT

2033

Equipment Preventive Maintenance

3

BLCT

2036

Operations Part II

6

BLCT

2092

Soils Part II

2

18

Third

BLCT

3003

Advanced Equipment Safety

3

BLCT

3002

Blueprint Reading Part III

2

BLCT

3005

Operations Part III

5

BLCT

3013

Paving Part I

3

BLCT

3012

Soils Part III

2

BLCT

3023

Supervision Part I

3

18

Fourth

BLCT

4002

Below Grade Construction (Heavy Highway)

2

BLCT

4012

Earth Moving (Heavy Highway)

2

BLCT

4022

Finish Operations

2

BLCT

4032

Finishing & Grading

2

BLCT

4004

Operations Part IV

4

BLCT

4003

Paving Part II

3

BLCT

4013

Supervision Part II

3

18

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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.