Completion of this degree will also satisfy the requirements for the Advanced Caterpillar Technology A.A.S. degree, which prepares students for a challenging career with a focus on the Caterpillar product line.
HCEM - 1101: General Shop Mechanics - Introduction
HCEM 1101 Students achieve a basic understanding of skills needed in the heavy equipment field. Some areas covered are safety, hand and power tools, hand tool projects, flaring, soldering, gears, chains, bearings, seals, fuels, lubricants, fasteners, fittings, wires and connectors, belts, pulleys, couplings, and precision measuring instruments. Prerequisites: None
HCEM 1110 Students study basic arc and gas welding used in the heavy equipment industry. Theory, safety, and practice will be taught. Cutting and heat bending are also included. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 or instructor's approval
HCEM 1132 This is an introduction to electricity as applied to heavy equipment covering electronic theory and magnetism. Emphasis is on theory, diagnosis and repair of basic starting, charging, lighting and ignition systems. This course prepares students for Heavy Duty Electronics HCEM1234 through classroom instruction and lab practice. Prerequisites: None.
HCEM 1140 This course teaches engine tear down, failure analysis, cylinder head repair, minor overhaul, and use of proper precision measuring instruments on engines used in the heavy equipment field such as Cat, John Deere, Perkins, Case, Ford, and Cummins. This course also includes basic fundamentals of diesel engine design, including the study of cylinder heads and blocks, lubrication, air intake, exhaust, electrical, cooling, and fuel systems. Precision measuring is included, along with preventive maintenance and minor repair as well as testing on stationary and mobile engines used in the heavy equipment industry. Safety and troubleshooting are stressed. Offered: Fall Prerequisites: HCEM1101
HCEM 1161 The student will work in a lab setting for the purpose of using this specialized lab to allow more time to complete goals. This may be remedial, foundation, or enhancement. This specialized lab is taken by both the diploma and the A.A.S. student.
HCEM 1234 This course teaches students heavy equipment electronics, diagnostics and repair. The student will enhance their knowledge of equipment electronics and failure analysis through instruction and hands-on training. Course work will include electrical schematics and symbols, advanced multimeter training, testing, troubleshooting and repair of electronic monitoring systems. Computerized engine components are also covered. Prerequisites: HCEM1132.
HCEM 1246 This course teaches engine tear down, failure analysis, cylinder head repair and major overhaul, and use of proper precision measuring instruments on engines used in the heavy equipment field such as Cat, John Deere, Perkins, Case, Ford, Cummins and Detroit Diesel. This course also includes basic fundamentals of diesel engine design, including the study of cylinder heads and blocks, lubrication, air intake, exhaust, electrical, cooling, and fuel systems. Major tear down and measuring are included along with mastery of preventive maintenance and major repair, tune-up and testing on mobile and stationary diesel engines used in the heavy equipment industry. Safety and troubleshooting are stressed. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 and HCEM1140.
HCEM 1250 Instruction covers hydraulic and pneumatic brake theory and operation, component identification, application, and general repairs on heavy equipment. Safety and troubleshooting are stressed. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 or instructor's approval
HCEM 1256 This course includes component identification, testing procedures, problem analysis, valve and injection adjustment, pump replacement, and engine tune-up. Troubleshooting is stressed. Prerequisites: None.
HCEM 1262 This course covers proper service intervals, the importance of maintenance records, the knowledge of oil classifications, refill capacities, importance of contamination control and proper oil sampling.
HCEM 2115 This is a technical course designed to promote understanding of powershift transmissions used in heavy equipment industry. Theory related to powershift transmissions and torque converters, along with basic fundamental principles of hydraulics, torque multiplication, gear ratios, disassembly, assembly, and adjustment procedures are covered. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 and HCEM1130 or instructor's approval
HCEM 2135 This introduction to basic hydraulics is a prerequisite to related courses. The student will study principles of hydraulics, identification of components, operation, fluids, and preventive maintenance. Students will use test instruments such as high-pressure gauges and flow meters to troubleshoot and diagnose hydraulic pump efficiency and condition of related system components. System components are disassembled and reassembled, with adjustments made to main and circuit reliefs in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 and HCEM1130 or instructor's approval
HCEM 2145 Students study basic principles of operations, system components, testing procedures, repair techniques, adjustments, and preventive maintenance procedures. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 and HCEM2135 or instructor's approval
HCEM 2177 This course will focus on Machine Electronics. The course will start out with a review of Ohms law and series and parallel electric circuits. Sensors used in modern electronic systems will be covered including switches, PWM sensors, Analog sensors, speed sensors, on/off solenoids, PWM solenoids etc. We will cover electrical schematics, how to read them, find part numbers for electrical components and wiring harnesses and locate pin locations. We will cover electrical connectors and how to repair them including Deutsch, Sure Seal and Tyco/Amp connectors. We will discuss electronic system fault codes and how to troubleshoot them. We will discuss why we need to calibrate machines and do a live machine calibration.
HCEM 2225 This course provides the student with an understanding of track drive component operation and wear. Students study principles of operation, demonstrate safe jacking and blocking procedures, and study track, track frame, sprocket, idler, and roller removal and installation. Wear analysis and preventive maintenance are stressed. Adjustments are made according to manufacturer's specifications. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 and HCEM2115, or instructor's approval
HCEM 2238 This course is designed for students with knowledge of hydraulic flow and pressure. Students learn National Standard Institute symbols used in fluid power diagrams. A technical study provides students with operational knowledge of computer-controlled multiple hydraulic systems. Students troubleshoot and diagnose hydraulic system malfunctions. Prerequisites: HCEM1101, HCEM1130, and HCEM2135, or instructor's approval
HCEM 2256 This course provides students with basic understanding of steering systems used on heavy equipment. The course begins with mechanical systems followed by intensive overview of hydraulic-assisted systems used on crawlers, articulated loaders, motor graders, and backhoes. Students study principles of operation, components, repair procedures, and adjustments.
HCEM 2260 This course is a continuation of Machine Electronics I. The student will do more in depth study of sensors and switches covered in Machine Electronics I. There will also be more troubleshooting of the sensors on actual machines in the lab. The student will be studying more in depth electrical schematics and electrical systems. The student will be using the Cummins Insight computer program to troubleshoot Cummins engines. The student will repair electrical systems on several different brands of equipment.
HCEM 2265 This course provides students with operational knowledge of differentials used in the heavy equipment industry, including standard, limited slip, controlled traction, no spin, and locking. The course covers principles of operation, gear ratios, disassembly, assembly, and adjustment procedures. Prerequisites: HCEM1101 and HCEM2115 or instructor's approval
HCEM 2280 Students will be taught how to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting procedures in order to identify and repair or replace faulty components within a climate controlled cab in heavey construction equipment. Air-conditioning theory will be discussed.
Prerequisites: HCEM1101, HCEM1130, and HCEM2135.
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning.
Meets MnTC Goal 1 - PREREQUISITES: Student must score an 86 or above on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment OR complete developmental courses through English Essentials AND score a 78 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Assessment OR complete College Reading I or II.
SPEE 1020 This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution.
Meets MnTC Goal 7