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Heavy Equipment Management

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Heavy Equipment Management

Heavy Equipment Management

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The Heavy Equipment Management program provides practical academic lessons and hands-on experience for developing multiple skill sets utilized in industries using heavy machinery.

This program allows students to become proficient in operating machines such as a bulldozer, tracked excavator, backhoe, road grader, skid steer, vibratory compactor, wheel loader and off road dump truck.


The hands-on training emphasizes safety and includes maintenance procedures, pre-start checks, shut down procedures and optical or laser grade checking instruments.

These skills help individuals interested in entering the various industries that use heavy equipment to build, maintain and advance communities and infrastructure.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Study in Heavy Equipment Management:

  • Identify safety matters involved with Heavy Equipment and Construction sites, maintain and wear all personal protective safety equipment.
  • Perform pre-start inspections and shut down procedures.
  • Read blueprints, topographical maps, operate laser / optical leveling devices, and calculate slope percentages.
  • Digitally display, store, and retrieve data.
  • Perform basic welding functions, basic hydraulic system analysis and mechanical repairs as needed.
  • Calculate slope ratios, percentages, grade and elevation, and material volume.
  • Operates heavy equipment efficiently, responsibly, and safely, including loading and transportation.
  • Practice land management principles such as positive drainage, fertilization, water quality, and soil pH.
  • Maintenance, on state and national forest trails, work on a variety of construction projects (private and public).


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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Technical Study in Heavy Equipment Management

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:
$7,669.00 — $12,319.00

Class Hours: 37.0-38.0
Lab Hours: 40.0-46.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 37.0-38.0
Lab Hours: 40.0-46.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ERT-1101 Equipment Operations I 4.00 4.00 6.00 $1,548.00
  ERT-1110 Construction Basics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $199.00
  CM-1101 Construction Safety OSHA 30 2.00 0.00 2.00 $25.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  WELD-1120 Introduction to Welding 0.00 4.00 2.00 $300.00
    Totals 11.00 12.00 17.00 $2,334.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ERT-1107 Heavy Equipment Maintanence and Repair I 2.00 2.00 3.00 $224.00
  GEO-1123 Surveying and Mapping 1.00 4.00 3.00 $90.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  GEO-1102 Introduction to GPS 1.00 2.00 2.00 $175.00
  GENV-1130 Storm Water Management 0.00 2.00 1.00 $80.00
  BIOS-1101 Environmental Science 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 11.00 10.00 16.00 $659.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ERT-1102 Equipment Operations II 4.00 4.00 6.00 $1,548.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 7.00 4.00 12.00 $1,588.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ERT-2220 Heavy Equipment Capstone 6.00 10.00 11.00 $2,838.00
  FOR-1125 Forest Soils 1.00 2.00 2.00 $100.00
  ERT-1177 Commercial Driver License 1.00 8.00 5.00 $4,800.00
OR CM-1107 Forklift & Scissor Lift Certification 2.00 2.00 3.00 $150.00
    Totals 8.00-9.00 14.00-20.00 16.00-18.00 $3,088.00-$7,738.00
Course Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $2,334.00

Course Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $659.00

Course Hours: 7.00 Lab Hours: 4.00 Cost: $1,588.00

Course Hours: 8.00-9.00 Lab Hours: 14.00-20.00 Cost: $3,088.00-$7,738.00

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A Career in Heavy Equipment Equals a Solid Foundation

Heavy Equipment ManagementThe Heavy Equipment Management program prepares graduates for occupations in commercial and residential construction and extraction work, highway construction and maintenance work, pipelines, landfills, landscaping, environment al restoration, commercial trucking, and heavy equipment maintenance.

Our graduates have gotten jobs in a multitude of industries including: Construction and extraction work, Highway Maintenance, Pipeline, Landfill, State and National Forest Trail Maintenance and Construction, Landscaping, Environmental Restoration, Equipment sales and service, Environmental testing, Consulting, Equipment rentals, Equipment transportation, Site development, and Agricultural land clearing and drainage.

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