University of Alaska Anchorage

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Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment  

The Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment program at the University of Alaska Anchorage provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to troubleshoot and repair transportation and heavy duty equipment systems. 

Specialized classroom and laboratory activities based on National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence tasks lists provide each student with the opportunity to learn all phases of repair work on diesel-powered equipment, such as diagnosing malfunctions, servicing and repairing heavy duty equipment, and repairing fuel injection systems. Students will also learn how to properly use technical manuals, laptops, and tools to properly diagnose and complete each job. Students will experience hands-on training by disassembling and assembling various components provided by major manufacturers of medium and heavy duty trucks and equipment.

Graduates of the Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment Associate Degree Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage will fully be prepared to understand the theory of, diagnose, and repair diesel engines. Graduates will also be fully equipped to diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty drive trains, pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems, suspension steering, electrical/electronic systems, and heating and air conditioning systems on medium and heavy duty vehicle applications.

The Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment A.A.S. Degree

The curriculum of the Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment A.A.S. Degree program contains the following courses:

  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Auto Electrical II
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Engine Repair
  • Heavy Duty Suspension and Steering
  • Medium/Heavy Engine Lab
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems
  • Heavy Duty Maintenance Inspection
  • Automotive Practicum I
  • Auto Heating and A/C
  • Auto Electrical III
  • Heavy Duty Power Systems Lab
  • Heavy Duty Fuel Systems
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains

Students are also required to take Fundamentals of Oral Communication or Small Group Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking, Business Communications, Introduction to Composition or Academic Writing About Literature, Technical Writing, Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences or Persuasive Writing, and and an additional Humanities, Math, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences Elective in order to fulfill the 81 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students must complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment Undergraduate Certificate

The curriculum of the Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment Undergraduate Certificate program consists of the following classes:

  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Auto Electrical II
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Engine Repair
  • Heavy Duty Suspension and Steering
  • Medium/Heavy Engine Lab
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems
  • Heavy Duty Maintenance Inspection
  • Automotive Practicum I
  • Auto Heating and A/C
  • Auto Electrical III
  • Heavy Duty Power Systems Lab
  • Heavy Duty Fuel Systems
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains

In order to graduate, students are required to finish each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Occupational Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology program at the University of Alaska Southeast will possess the technical knowledge and specialized skills necessary to secure an entry-level position in various sectors of the diesel technology job field, including:

  • Construction Companies
  • Power Generation Plants
  • Trucking Fleets
  • Freight Handlers
  • Municipal Maintenance Shops
  • Airport Maintenance Facilities
  • Heavy Machinery Dealers
  • Mining Companies
  • Logging Companies
  • Tour Bus Operations
  • Sand and Gravel Operations

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Alaska was $59,080 yearly and $28.41 hourly, an astounding 30% higher than the national average!

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment. The University of Alaska Anchorage also offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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