ONLY PROGRAM IN IOWA Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2017–2018 86 Associate of Applied Science Degree Four Semesters & One Summer Term (Finish at midterm of final spring semester) Fall semester entry HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATION & MAINTENANCE _F_IR_S__T_ Y_E__A_R____________________________________________ F__a_ll_ S_e_m__e_s_t_e_r ________________________________________1_8_ Course # Title Credits HEQ131-C Safety and Introduction to Heavy Equipment 3 HEQ160-C Equipment Lubrication & Maintenance 3 HEQ172-C CDL-A and DOT Regulations & Lab 3 Elective Math* 3 Elective Communications* 3 Elective Humanities/Social Science* 3 _S_p_ri_n_g_ _S_e_m__e_s_te_r______________________________________1_8_ NOTE: Valid CDL required and maintained for remainder of program. HEQ152-C Equipment Operation and Maintenance I 4 HEQ155-C Stake and Plan Reading 4 HEQ161-C Equipment Reconditioning Theory I 5 HEQ163-C Equipment Reconditioning Lab I 5 _S_u_m_m__e_r_ T_e_r_m__________________________________________9_ HEQ156-C Equipment Operation and Maintenance II 7 HEQ157-C Surveying I 2 _S_E_C_O__N_D_ _Y_E_A_R__________________________________________ _F_a_ll_ S_e_m__e_s_t_e_r ________________________________________1_9_ HEQ158-C Equipment Operation and Maintenance III 7 HEQ257-C Surveying II 2 HEQ263-C Equipment Reconditioning Theory II 5 HEQ264-C Equipment Reconditioning Lab II 5 _S_p_ri_n_g_ _S_e_m__e_s_te_r______________________________________1_1_ HEQ252-C Job Estimating 2 HEQ267-C Equipment Reconditioning Lab III 6 _E_le_c_ti_v_e________G__e_n_e_ra_l_ E_d_u_c_a_t_io_n_*________________________3_ *You may select any math or communications course with A, C, or E suffix. If you have a desire to operate and repair large and complex equipment, the Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance program is perfect for you. NCC offers the only Heavy Equipment program in Iowa. It is nationally certified by the Associated General Contractors and is recognized for excellence by the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association. As a Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance student, you learn both the operation of heavy construction equipment and the preventative maintenance and repair of the equipment. You will be able to develop occupational skills using crawler tractors, motor graders, self-propelled scrapers, rubber-tired loaders, compaction equipment, dump trucks, backhoes, and hydraulic excavators. In addition, the program provides tractor-trailer training, which allows you to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Loading and safe transportation of heavy equipment to the job site is also covered. Training occurs both on campus and at various off-campus sites. You should consider whether you meet the general occupational and program work requirements: lift at least 80 pounds, have manipulative skills to work in awkward positions to accomplish tasks, work in inclement weather, meet manufacturer limit restrictions for various pieces of equipment and peripheral devices, and are physically able to climb on and off equipment and operate standard equipment and controls. Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance work is safety sensitive so you are required to submit to a drug and alcohol screening in your first term of the program. You are required to comply with the College’s Student Procedure for Drug & Alcohol Testing. You are also subject to a random selection program while enrolled in the program. This testing is similar to what is done in industry. Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance students must have a valid CDL on the first day of class in the spring semester of the first year AND maintain that valid status for the remainder of the program. Due to the increasing demand in construction employment needs, the demand for qualified equipment operators and maintenance technicians exceeds the present supply of personnel available. Student placement has been excellent both locally and nationally.
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