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Heavy Equipment Technology

The Rend Lake College Heavy Equipment program is a two-year curriculum designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and work skills needed to enter the construction equipment repair field, with emphasis placed on earthmoving equipment repair and maintenance. This mechanical field programis structured with both lecture and laboratory experience and leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

College personnel take great pride in the fact that most work is based on realistic “live” work situations. Emphasis is placed on heavy quipment power trains, hydraulic systems, machine maintenance, diesel engine maintenance, electrical systems, diesel engine electronics, and computerized system controllers in relation to the modern technology of today’s industry. Course work includes two supervised occupational experience internships (on-the-job training).

Degrees and Certificates in Heavy Equipment Technology



Associate in Applied Science Degree

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance and repair of heavy duty trucks and equipment. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student should have a thorough knowledge of engine and brake repair, servicing, sales and alignment. Also upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 70 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 2204 Advanced Major Overhaul (5)
  • HEQT 1209 Heating, Ventilation and A/C (2)
  • HEQT 1210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)
  • HEQT 2205 Undercarriage & Final Drives (3)
  • HEQT 2207 Machine Systems Diagnosis & Troubleshooting (4)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.



Occupational Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level occupations involving maintenance and repair of heavy duty trucks and equipment. Upon completion of the curriculum, the students should have basic knowledge of engine, brakes, servicing and undercarriage.

► Total = 29 Hours

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First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Heavy Equipment Technology

  • Evaluate electrical circuits and components possessing the ability to identify and replace faulty components.
  • Analyze hydraulic systems with the ability to determine if they are operating properly and if they are not, identify and replace defective components.
  • Analyze power trains systems, be able to trouble-shoot, repair and replace worn components.
  • Trouble-shoot and repair diesel engines related to Heavy Equipment.
  • Analyze air conditioning systems with the ability to diagnose and repair problems.
  • Perform repairs on equipment using safe work procedures observing all applicable O.S.H.A. standards.
  • Demonstrate work ethics which will make the individual successful in the work force, and/or transfer to a senior institution.

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Applied Science & Technology
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University
Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Professor | Applied Science Division
Phone Extension: 7914
Building: Applied Science Center
Office: 114
A.A.S., Rend Lake College
Computer Networking Professor
Phone Extension: 1798
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 183
B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | A.S., Rend Lake College | A.A.S., John A. Logan College 
Administrative Assistant | Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: South Oasis
Office: 139
A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College | A.S., John A. Logan College

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

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