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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).


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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 = 72 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)

CSCI 1101 Intro to Computers (3)

DIEL 1208 Diesel Accessories (2)

ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

HEQT 1201 Intro to Machine Maintenance (4)

Second Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

AGRI 1204 Physics of Hydraulics (5)

AGRI 1221 Intro to Agriculture Occupations (1)

COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

DIEL 1205 Heavy Equipment Brakes (3)

HEQT 1208 Fundamentals of Machine Electronics (3)

HEQT 1211 Engine Fuel Systems (3)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

AGRI 1222 Applied Mathematics (1)

MATH or Elective – Mathematics 1 (3)

AGRI 2201 Transmissions and Power Trains (4)

DIEL 1204 Intermediate Diesels (4)

HEQT 2203 Machine Systems Electronics (3)

PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology

or PSYC 2106 Human Relations (3)

Fourth Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

AGRI 2204 Advanced Major Overhaul (5)

DIEL 1203 Heavy Equipment Alignment (4)

HEQT 1209 Heating, Ventilation and A/C (2)

HEQT 1210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)

HEQT 2207 Machine Systems Diagnosis & Troubleshooting (4)

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

2 See Division Chairperson for list of approved courses.


Faculty & Staff

Dean of Applied Science
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
Administrative Assistant/Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Professor / Applied Science Division
Phone Extension: 7914
Building: Applied Science Center

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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