CTE Heavy Equipment

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Course Description

The Heavy Equipment program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the safe operation, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and front-end loaders.  This course includes electronics, hydraulics, engine performance, fuel systems, and fundamentals of mechanics related to heavy equipment and diesel operations. Students have the opportunity to leave the program with nationally recognized certifications as well.

This is a State-approved CTE Program.

Instructional Topics

  • Safety and Basic Shop Practices
  • Basic Electricity and Electronics
  • Fundamentals of Hydraulics 
  • Tearing Down and Assembling Hydraulic Components and Cylinders
  • Heavy Equipment Powertrains
  • Disassembling and Reassembling Transmissions and Axle Assemblies
  • Diesel Engine Diagnosis and Repair


Program Prerequisites

Students must have completed the 10th grade of high school and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must be 16 years of age or turn 16 in grade 11 and complete the RESD orientation.  


High School/College Credits

Students who successfully complete Heavy Equipment will earn high school credit and will also have the opportunity to earn articulated college credit.



  • CPR/First Aid
  • OSHA 10
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (Entry Level Certification) in:
    • Heavy Equipment Safety
    • Basic Safety
    • Orientation to the Trade
    • Identification of Heavy Equipment
    • Basic Operational Techniques
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