Heavy Equipment Operations

AOS Degree – Code #1908

This program provides instruction in the skills required by heavy equipment operators for the light construction and heavy highway industries. Instruction is provided in heavy equipment operations theory as well as grades, soils, blueprint reading, safety, and supervision. Students spend approximately 25 percent of the lab time operating equipment; the balance of the lab time is spent on equipment inspection, maintenance, grades, lot layout, operation support, and estimating.

Programs leading to an AOS degree are hands-on programs and do not include liberal arts and sciences courses. Offered at the School of Applied Technology Campus in Wellsville, heavy equipment operations is geared toward a person who would like to enter the heavy equipment operation industry following graduation.

Classes and labs are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day with a break for lunch. Each morning, one or two hours are devoted to class lectures on subjects specific to the heavy equipment operation trade. The classroom training is then applied in a hands-on laboratory setting or off campus at a construction site.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State heavy equipment operations graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Employment Statistics

Employment and Transfer Rate: 100 percent - 100 percent are employed

RELATED PROGRAMS

Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

Students will be accepted for the heavy equipment operations program based on the strength of their application. Criteria for consideration will include high school average, regents exam scores (if a New York State student), grades in related course work, results of standardized tests (if available), and additional information provided through letters of recommendation, a personal essay indicating career goals, and a resume. Initial application review will begin on Nov. 1.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Applicants in the heavy equipment operations program must meet the following physical requirements: