Heavy-Equipment Welding and FabricationExplore MoreAbout This Program
This double major option combines the Welding and Metals Fabrication and Heavy-Equipment Technician curricula.
The Welding and Metals Fabrication program provides students with instruction, practical experience, and related theory in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, manual and automatic oxyacetylene burning, brazing, soldering, air carbon arc gouging, and plasma arc gouging and cutting. Students learn blueprint reading and layout skills and apply them using computer numerically controlled (CNC) metal-working equipment.
The Heavy-Equipment Technician program covers the theory, service, diagnosis, and repair of heavy equipment found in the agricultural and construction industries. Students are offered entry into the program at the beginning of the fall semester, depending on available seating as determined by the instructor.
The Heavy-Equipment Technician program is a two-part program. The first part covers basic theory and repair procedures and emphasizes a hands-on approach with extensive training on functional training aids and equipment. All courses are oriented toward high levels of technical understanding to support skills required for entry-level placement in the heavy-equipment technician job market. In addition to technical course training, related instruction courses enable students to develop interpersonal skills needed to advance within the heavy-equipment technology service industry. Students completing the first-year technical and related instruction courses will receive an Intermediate Technical Certificate.
The second part includes advanced technical theory in the classroom along with live laboratory work. Diagnosis and repair procedures performed on customer equipment enable students to develop the skill levels required for advanced entry-level placement in the heavy-equipment technology industry. Students completing the first and second parts of the program will receive an Advanced Technical Certificate. While completing the Advanced Technical Certificate students may choose to take additional general-education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.
Both Welding and Metals Fabrication and Heavy-Equipment Technician require students attend program orientations. See the catalog description of each program for details regarding the orientation requirement.
All students in this program must submit to a drug or alcohol test at the beginning of the program and at their own expense. See program web page or Program Chair for additional information regarding this policy.
Note: Registrations for Heavy-Equipment Welding and Fabrication courses are restricted to students within the major.