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Heavy Equipment Operator AAS
Semester Hours:  67
Effective Term: Fall 2018
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Heavy Equipment Operator AAS degree prepares students to operate, maintain, and service heavy equipment and layout construction projects.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Heavy Equipment Operator AAS
Total Credits: 67

General Education Requirements (19-20)

Written Communications (3)
Select one:
ENG101 English Composition III (3) (SUN ENG 1101)
ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3)

Oral Communications (3)
COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3) or higher

Art and Humanities (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students must also choose any course from the Art or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Art and Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ABS, ECN, GEO, HIS, POS, PSY, and SOC. Students may also choose any course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Physical and Biological Sciences (4)
Select one:
AGS221 Soil Science (4)
GLG Any Geology course (4)
PHY100 Physical Universe (4)

Mathematics (3-4)
Select one:
BUS101 Business Mathematics (3)
MAT106 Technical Math I* (3)
MAT118 Essential Mathematics (4) or higher
*Meets requirement only for AAS-Diesel and Heavy Equipment, AAS-Heavy Equipment Operator, and AAS-Welding Technology.

Core and Elective Requirements (45)
CET125 Introduction to Earthmoving Methods and
Operations (3)
CET221 Basic Surveying and Grade Staking (4)
HEO121 Heavy Equipment Operations Core (5)
HEO122 Heavy Equipment Operations I (5)
HEO127 Heavy Equipment Reconditioning (4)
HEO128 Diesel Equipment Service and Repair (4)
HEO221 Heavy Equipment Operations II (5)
HEO222 Heavy Equipment Operations III (5)
HEO225 Preventive Maintenance (2)

Select from the following courses to complete (8) elective credits:
BUS Any Business course (3)
COM202 Small Group Communication (3)
HEO100 Introduction to Heavy Equipment (5)
HEO223 Commercial Driver License Preparation (3)
DIE222 Mobile Refrigeration (3)
DIE196 Diesel Equipment Technology and HEO Internship I (3)
DIE296 Diesel Equipment Technology and HEO Internship II (3)
WLD Any Welding course (3)

Other Requirements (3):
Reading Competency:
RDG100 College Reading
OR
Equivalent reading assessment test score

Computer Competency (3):
Select one:
AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3)
CIS110 Fundamentals of Computer Literacy (3) or higher

Students must earn:
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
a minimum of 20 credits from CAC;
a minimum of 67 credits.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis Level) Plan and explain a diesel related dilemma using effective critical thinking processes to problem solve. (CSLO-4)
2. (Comprehension Level) Explain the importance of work safety, punctuality, and a team approach to develop and present class projects. (CSLO-2)
3. (Comprehension Level) Explain the importance of good listening, requesting clarification for total comprehension, and accurately carrying out both verbal and written instructions. (CSLO-3)
4. (Comprehension Level) Read for comprehension detailed equipment manuals, technical support materials, and career-related information.
5. (Application Level) Apply math/science computational concepts and principles to everyday living and to a career choice.
6. (Application Level) Adhere to safe work practices while operating, servicing, and repairing heavy equipment. (CSLO-3)
7. (Application Level) Safely operate various types of heavy equipment to exacting specifications. (CSLO-3)
8. (Synthesis Level) Perform in a safe and professional manner the preventive maintenance of heavy construction equipment. (CSLO-3)
9. (Synthesis Level) Analyze and explain the process to repair various malfunctions of heavy equipment and concisely report the problems. (CSLO-4)
10. (Application Level) Demonstrate surveying and layout of construction projects related to earth moving. (CSLO-3)
11. (Comprehension Level) Explain the principles of approximating volumes of material that are related to moving, processing, and completing various construction projects. (CSLO-2)
12. (Synthesis Level) Record manpower and machine data used to analyze equipment cost and efficiency as applied to a construction project. (CSLO-3)
13. (Synthesis Level) Develop a resume focusing on the principles of applying for an operator position in the heavy equipment operator field.
14. (Evaluation Level) Interpret documents used for the layout and construction of projects as related to shaping of earth, aggregates, and other such materials. (CSLO-2)

Standards for Program
1. Demonstrate safe operating techniques 100% of the time.
2. Demonstrate skills in preventive maintenance and reconditioning with a score of 70% accuracy.
3. Demonstrate operating skills on a variety of heavy equipment to a pre-journeyman level, per NCCER national standards.
4. Demonstrate journeyman skill levels of operation on two different categories of heavy equipment, per NCCER national standards: http://www.nccer.org/.

National Central for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Standards URL: http://www.nccer.org/