Beaufort County Community College
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Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology
The Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology program at Beaufort County Community College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and training necessary to pursue a career in the transportation industry.
Students learn diesel theory through class lectures, while gaining hands-on experience in the laboratory, as they diagnose, disassemble, test, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their integrated system components using advanced diagnostic equipment, gauges, specialized instruments, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, and hand tools. Students will also learn about diesel engines, power trains, electronic engines, and preventive maintenance.
Each student will develop effective communication and leadership skills as they work both independently and together to complete each task assigned to them by their instructors.
The Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology Course Outline
The curriculum of the Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology program is made up of the following career-specific classes:
- Diesel Engines
- Power Trains
- Electronic Engines
- Preventive Maintenance
- Tractor Project
Students are required to finish each class and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.
From Education to Occupation
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 North Carolina was $42,510 yearly and $20.44 hourly, just 5% lower than the national average.
Students who successfully complete the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program at Beaufort County Community College will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the diesel and heavy equipment technology field, servicing and repairing heavy trucks, buses, locomotives, bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines.
The Undergraduate Certificate
Beaufort County Community College offers an 8-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology as well. This program is Pell Grant eligible.