Advance Your Career With an Associate Degree as a Heavy Equipment Technician

A Heavy Equipment Technician degree develops hands-on technical skills to diagnose, service, and repair electro-mechanical systems in vast industries. The degree serves as a preparatory program to begin or advance a career as a Field Service Technician or work with other heavy equipment repair.

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The Heavy Equipment Technician program develops preventive maintenance skills through labs outfitted with the latest heavy-duty equipment. This short-term program is a pathway to meet the challenges and demands of the rapidly changing heavy equipment industry.

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Build a solid foundation for a promising career with our Heavy Equipment Technician program. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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New Job Openings

Projected for various heavy equipment technician occupations by 2030!


Job Growth

For various heavy equipment technician occupations between 2021 to 2030!


Average Salary

For various occupations within the heavy equipment technician workforce.


Hourly Wage

For positions in the heavy equipment technician workforce.

    • As per BLS, there will be 245,000 new job vacancies in the heavy equipment technician workforce between 2020-30.
    • BLS predicts an 11% increase in new job vacancies in the heavy equipment technician occupations by 2030.
    • As per BLS, the average median salary for heavy equipment technician occupations is $53, 370 per year and hourly as$25.66.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree as a Heavy Equipment Technician?

The flexible two-year associate degree as a Heavy Equipment Technician equips students with a blend of academics and actual field demonstrations to understand the course of action for heavy equipment malfunction diagnosis and repair. The degree allows students to:

    • Become familiar with heavy equipment concepts and theories.
    • Learn to diagnose and repair electro-mechanical systems in the electrical utility, construction, agricultural, mobile recovery, forestry, and transportation industries. 
    • Prepare for direct entry into the heavy equipment workforce. 
    • Build a strong foundation for pathways to college/university transfers!

Prepare for a Rewarding Career with a Heavy Equipment Technician Associate Degree

Obtain vital technical skills to diagnose, prevent, and maintain heavy equipment under industry experts. An associate degree in Heavy Equipment Technician prepares students to identify problems and repair actual heavy equipment currently used in the industry.

The skill-development concentration of the Heavy Equipment Technician program provides the right blend of content-specific knowledge and hands-on learning on actual heavy-duty equipment and mechanical and electronic components.

Earn this associate degree in Heavy Equipment Technician from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies!


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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

The Heavy Equipment Technician degree program helps students learn the foundations of heavy equipment prevention and maintenance through hands-on training in practical labs.

Our Heavy Equipment Technician program helps students learn concepts such as 3D modeling, heavy equipment familiarization, welding, fabrication, fluid power, CNC programming, and much more. The curriculum helps students:

    • Identify safety equipment, welding equipment, weld types, electrode types, welding positions, and others.
    • Understand the metal fabrication basics.
    • Troubleshoot pumps and hydraulic motors.
    • Understand basic electrical theory linked with power distribution.

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We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

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Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

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We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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    • State and Federal Grant Programs 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the associate degree in Heavy Equipment technology? We can help!

Admission to the two-year Heavy Equipment Technician degree program at BRCTC requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
The Heavy Equipment Technician degree program provides students options to target specific career or education goals in a short amount of time. After earning the Blue Ridge CTC associate degree as a Heavy Equipment Technician, students can seek direct workforce entry positions and become qualified for many lucrative career opportunities available in the local economy. The program incorporates real-world skills and content-specific knowledge needed to land a successful career.
Our associate degree in Heavy Equipment Technician does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
To choose an associate degree, students must consider the time to complete, cost of tuition, and quality of the instruction provided. Students who need additional insight into career options should consider getting a career inventory assessment before exploring course options that align with their personal and professional interests.
With our Heavy Equipment Technician degree program, students learn all the core technical concepts and theories related to the job duties of heavy equipment technicians. During the practical coursework and through industry-driven concentrations, students develop workforce-ready skills to operate and troubleshoot complex and heavy equipment. Students obtain foundational knowledge to step in or advance careers within well-paying professions such as field service technician, construction equipment technician, mobile heavy equipment technician, etc.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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