White Mountains Community College

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Mobile Equipment Technology  

The Mobile Equipment Technology program at White Mountains Community College is certified by the Association of Equipment Distributors (AED) and adheres to national certification standards. The program provides each student with the necessary knowledge and training needed to diagnose and service diesel powered trucks and heavy duty equipment.

Students receive lectures on the fundamentals of the diesel engine in the classroom by industry experienced instructors. In the lab, students learn, hands-on, how to take a systematic approach, when analyzing, testing, and repairing diesel engines, brakes, hydraulics, transmissions, powertrains, steering and suspension systems, electronic fuel injection systems, and heavy duty electrical systems.

Each student will learn how to properly troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair the integrated electronic system components found in today’s diesel engines using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, wiring schematics, gauges, shop manuals, and hand tools. By disassembling, inspecting, testing, repairing, and reassembling modern diesel engines and heavy equipment, students develop important analytical and mechanical skills vital for success in today’s diesel technology job market. Students also learn how to utilize proper preventative maintenance and inspection techniques. Each student will also acquire hands-on experience in mobile equipment welding.

Each individual student will learn the importance of shop safety, workplace ethics, customer relations, and shop management. Coursework in mathematics, communications, technical physics, and social science will also be taught.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Options

The Mobile Equipment Technology program at White Mountains Community College offers four separate degree options. The On-Highway option, the Off-Highway option, the Parts and Service Management option, and the One-Year Certificate option each have similar core classes.

The Mobile Equipment Technology A.A.S.Degree*

The curriculum of the Mobile Equipment Technology A.A.S. Degree program is made up of the following classes:

  • Introduction to Mobile Equipment Technology
  • Heavy-Duty Power Trains
  • Mobile Equipment Welding
  • Diesel Power Systems
  • Fuel & Emission Systems
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Cooperative Education
  • Heavy Duty Electrical Systems
  • Mobile Hydraulics I
  • Failure Analysis
  • Senior Project I
  • Vehicle Inspection and Commercial Drivers License
  • Mobile Hydraulics II (Off-Hwy Option)
  • Senior Project II
  • Electronic Troubleshooting
  • Heavy-Duty Chassis Brake & Climate Control Systems

Students must also take Mathematics, College Composition, Technical Writing, Technical Physics, one Humanities Elective, and one Social Science Elective in order to meet the 69 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students are required to complete every class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, equivalent to a “C” average, to be eligible to graduate.

The Parts and Service Management Option*

The Parts and Service Management option contains the following career-specific classes:

  • Introduction to Mobile Equipment Technology
  • Heavy-Duty Power Trains
  • Intro to Database Management
  • Diesel Power Systems
  • Small Business Management
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Cooperative Education
  • Accounting I
  • Heavy Duty Electrical Systems
  • Mobile Hydraulics I
  • Failure Analysis
  • Management
  • Managerial finance and Accounting
  • Business Plan Development
  • Project Management Seminar

Students are also required to take Mathematics, College Composition, Technical Writing, Technical Physics, one Humanities Elective, and one Social Science Elective in order to fulfill the 66 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree Parts and Service Management option. Students must finish each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, equivalent to a “C” average, to be eligible to graduate.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Mobile Equipment Technology program at White Mountains Community College will have the education and training needed to find employment in heavy truck and equipment dealerships, as well as agricultural, forestry, and diesel-automotive dealerships. Some graduates may also choose to pursue secure entry-level employment in the construction, forestry, commercial trucking, skiing, marine-powered diesel, and power generation sectors of the diesel industry.

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 New Hampshire was $45,330 annually and $21.79 hourly.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Truckee Meadows Community College offers three different Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Mobile Equipment Technology, each emphasizing a specialized area. The first is a two-year Applied Science Degree in Mobile Equipment Technology with an On-Highway emphasis. The second is a two-year Applied Science Degree in Mobile Equipment Technology with an Off-Highway emphasis. The third is a two-year Applied Science Degree in Mobile Equipment Technology with a Parts and Service Management option.

Truckee Meadows Community College offers also a two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Mobile Equipment Technology. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible.

*Program is accredited by the Association of Equipment Distributors (AED).

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