Heavy Construction Equipment

Heavy Construction Equipment

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Heavy Construction Equipment Technology - A.A.S. Degree 72 cr. Rosemount
 Heavy Construction Equipment Technology - Diploma 64 cr. Rosemount
 Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance - Certificate 30 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

Coursework prepares students to succeed as well-trained, mechanically minded, hard-working mechanics with heavy equipment dealers and contractors. Instruction involves classroom theory, mock-up demonstrations and repair of customer-owned heavy equipment. Making repairs on actual equipment is vital to skill development. Mechanics already in the field can update their knowledge by registering for specific courses.

Work Environment

Heavy equipment dealers and earth-moving contractors are top employers. Jobs are also available with mining and logging companies. Most mechanics work in indoor shops, but experienced field service technicians travel to job sites to perform repairs.

Related Programs

Visit our Transportation page to explore programs related to Heavy Construction Equipment Technology.

Heavy Construction Equipment Advisor & Instructors
Drew Boatman
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Roger Gartner
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Program Costs*

Heavy Construction Equipment
  Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
Diploma – 64 credits
Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance
Certificate – 30 credits
Tuition $173.95/cr. $173.95/cr. $173.95/cr.
Fees $20.81/cr. $20.81/cr. $20.81/cr.
Tools/Equipment $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Textbooks $150 $150 $100
Supplies $0 $0 $100
Personal Property Fee $300 $300 $37
Grand Total $17,972.72 $16,414.64 $9,579.80

*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Heavy Construction Equipment

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for heavy equipment mechanics is expected to grow 14.6 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "There will be a need for about 1,150 new Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Construction Equipment Overhauler
  • Caterpillar Mechanic
  • Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Machine Overhauler
  • Field Service Technician
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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


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Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

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The Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as the accomplishments of our heavy construction equipment instructors.

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology in the News

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Clubs & Organizations

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As a student in DCTC's Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program, you can advance your professional development by networking with industry leaders and fellow technicians as well as through involvement in student organizations on campus.

Student Involvement on Campus

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.