Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Heavy Construction Equipment Technology - A.A.S. Degree 72 cr.
 Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic - Diploma 64 cr.
 Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance - Certificate 29 cr.
Program Datasheet: Download Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Datasheet  

Major Description

Coursework prepares students to succeed as well-trained, mechanically minded, hard-working technicians with heavy equipment dealers and contractors. Instruction involves classroom theory, live shop demonstrations, and repair of heavy equipment currently used in industry. Making repairs on actual equipment is vital to skill development.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Roger Gartner
Roger Gartner
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Joel Fogarty
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Program Costs*

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
  Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic
Diploma – 64 credits
Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance
Certificate – 29 credits
Tuition $173.95/cr. $173.95/cr. $173.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/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 $18,214.20 $16,455.60 $9,403.60

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

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.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

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.

Job Outlook

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 Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Dealer Service Technician
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Transfer Options

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

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!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Transfer.org Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

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

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

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 Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

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.