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HEO 121 Heavy Equipment Operations I
Credit Hours:  5
Effective Term: Fall 2012
AGEC: (None)  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 6 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Introduction to the use of heavy equipment with emphasis on safety, preventive maintenance, and grade stake interpretation. Prerequisite: valid driver license.

Prerequisites: Valid Driver License

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Application Level) Explain and demonstrate knowledge of all safety rules when using, loading, moving, and working on all pieces of heavy equipment.
2. (Application Level) List the steps for a complete walk-around inspection for each piece of equipment and perform pre- and post-operating equipment inspections on a variety of equipment in a safe/efficient manner.
3. (Evaluation Level) Formulate strategies to complete various tasks using a given piece of equipment, such as level blade, dig a ditch, and build a road with a motor grader; level an area, build a stockpile, and load a full bucket with a wheel loader; and set up to dig, dig a trench, and dig a square hole with a loader backhoe.
4. (Evaluation Level) Assemble a builder's level and evaluate the reading including determining the height of three different points on the ground with the builder's level and rod; and locate three points on the ground in a previously staked plot.
5. (Analysis Level) Examine the condition of equipment during walk-around inspections, identify needed repairs or routine maintenance jobs, and maintain records of maintenance. Record hours from hour meter or equipment log on each piece of equipment used.
6. (Knowledge Level) Keep accurate records of personal operating hours, including recording hours daily for each class period.
7. (Application Level) Demonstrate knowledge of all safety rules when using, loading, moving, and working on/around all pieces of heavy equipment.
8. (Evaluation Level) Assess the requirements of a given job and choose the appropriate equipment.
9. (Application Level) Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with a team in completing a given task/job.
10. (Comprehension Level) Describe correct methods to load and unload water from a water truck and to engage PTO to unload water from a water truck.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
Heavy Equipment Manufacturer's Operation Manuals.