Generally, over half the investment of a mining, construction, highway transportation or logging business is in its equipment. Good preventive maintenance is a priority and contributes to the success of the business. The hands-on approach to AVTEC’s Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies program helps students learn how to service, maintain, and repair equipment ranging from semi-trucks to bulldozers. As most equipment is powered by diesel engines, students will disassemble, measure, and reassemble engines to factory specifications. The technology changes in the past few years have led to the use of laptop and dedicated scan tools for diagnosis of electronically controlled engines and systems. Because of the complexity of this equipment, students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong reading and mathematics skills, should possess a good work ethic, and have the desire to succeed.
The nature of the training requires that students sometimes work outdoors. Warm clothing, rain gear, and proper safety boots are required. Construction equipment such as dump trucks, road graders, front-end loaders, backhoes, bulldozers, and a large transport truck are utilized by students developing mechanical skills.
Students may download reference for the Heavy Diesel text book Resource page (this page only accessible from AVTEC student network)
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Students are assessed on their reading and math skills using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), the scores that students need to achieve for this program can be found here.
Demonstrate understanding using the following electronic equipment and functions:
- Laptop Computers
- Electronic Tablets (I-Pads are used in the program)
- Understand opening, reading, sending and replying to e-mail.
- Have a valid e-mail address.
- Have a basic understanding of computer graphic interfaces
- Operate diagnostic equipment, scan tools and manufacturer software.
- Clean driving record, with the ability to earn a valid Alaska driver’s license.
- Able to begin the process to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
- Demonstrate the ability to show up on time, rested and dressed for the work day.
- Safety conscience, situationally aware of surroundings. Understands and willingly enforces industry safety standards.
- May need to be able to apply and receive a TWIC card.
- Students will be exposed to and should be comfortable with constant physical activity. Will need to demonstrate the ability to stand, walk, sit, lift, carry, push, pull, twist, turn, bend squat, climb, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach.
- The following are minimum level of physical requirements expected to be performed.
- Lift 75 pounds
- Carry 50 pounds
- Push 100 pounds
- Pull 50 pounds
- Vision is critical. Proper prescription safety glasses are recommended for student’s with prescription lenses.
- Student should supply properly fitting work clothes, steel toe or reinforced toe work boots. Student’s should be prepared and dressed appropriately for working in incremental winter weather.