C.A.S Heavy Equipment Operations
Why Automotive Technology?This one-year (35 credit) certificate program is designed to provide students with skills for entry-level employment in not only the civil construction industry, but operating heavy equipment and/or trucks in mining operations, infrastructure maintenance or interstate commerce.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
|First Year - Fall Semester     18 Credits
WRIT 108WRIT 108 - Elementary Technical Writing
Technical Writing for the Trades is designed to prepare the student for job-related writing. The student will learn to communicate information that is new to someone who needs to know the information in order to do a job or make a decision. Topics include adapting messages to audiences, organizing paragraphs, revising for style, summarizing information, weighing ethical issues, creating appropriate page layout for everyday communications situations, and explaining a process. Specific applications are individualized according to students' career plans and are chosen from several categories including effective memo/letter writing, short report writing, and proposal writing. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for transfer. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
|Elementary Technical Writing
M 111M 111 - Technical Mathematics
This course provides the practical mathematics skills needed in a wide variety of trade, technical, and other occupational areas, including automotive and construction trades. It is especially intended for students who find math challenging and for adults who have been out of school for a time. Among the topics to be covered are ratio, proportion, percent, measurement, and practical plane geometry. Each student will also complete a construction project. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree.
M 108M 108 - Business Mathematics
This course is a study of math and terminology used by business and industry. The course will begin with a review of the fundamental principles of arithmetic and percentages. Payroll, bank records, interest, notes, discounts, markup, inventory, depreciation, and stocks and bonds will be covered. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement score or concurrent enrollment in NC 021 Supplemental Instruction/Academic Support for Mathematics. For those in NC 021, attendance and participation in NC 021 will be reported to your M 108 instructor for consideration in your M 108 grade.
EO 100LEO 100L - Core Skills for Heavy Equipment Operation Lab
Students identify civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, and electrical blueprint schematics. Utilizing blueprint drawings students interpret the dimensions. In addition, students will utilize basic rigging such as ropes, chains and hoists to move items.
|Core Skills for Heavy Equipment Operation Lab
EO 101EO 101 - Basic Construction Safety
Explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the dangers of rationalizing risk. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations in maintaining a safe workplace. Introduces common job-site hazards and protections such as lockout/tagout, personal protective equipment (PPE), and HazCom.
|Basic Construction Safety
EO 103EO 103 - Introduction to Hand and Power Tools
Introduces trainees to hand and power tools that are widely used in the construction industry. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand and power tools.
|Introduction to Hand and Power Tools
EO 123EO 123 - Commercial Transportation Basics
The study of the operation, maintenance and basic components of the semi-truck and trailer. Students will study and apply Federal Hours of Service (HOS) record keeping as well as proper completion of log books. Topics include but are not limited to: driving skills, backing skills, maintaining log books, road/weather conditions and safety practices for the professional driver. At the conclusion of this course, students are prepared to sit for the written CDL licensure examination. Students will be enrolled in an MCC contracted random drug and alcohol testing pool. Students must possess a current, valid Montana driver’s license with an acceptable driving record; be at least 18 years of age; possess a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (DOT physical) prior to entry in to the course; and possess a valid CDL permit prior to being allowed to drive MCC’s semi on public roadways. Co-requisite: EO 123L.
|Commercial Transportation Basics
EO 123LEO 123L - Commercial Transportation Basics Lab
Students will utilize the MCC truck driving simulator as well as MCC’s truck and trailer to practice pre-trip safety inspections, driving skills, backing skills with mirrors, utilizing a spotter for blind spots while backing up, and other over the road skill requirements such as field trouble shooting and repair of a tractor trailer unit. At the conclusion of the course, students may use the MCC truck to complete the driver’s portion of the CDL examination. An additional fee is required. Students will be required to be enrolled in an MCC contracted random drug and alcohol testing pool. Students must possess a current, valid Montana driver’s license with an acceptable driving record; be at least 18 years of age; possess a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (DOT physical) prior to entry in to the course; and possess a valid CDL permit prior to being allowed to drive MCC’s semi on public roadways. Co-requisite: EO 123.
|Commercial Transportation Basics Lab
WLDG 235WLDG 235 - Oxy-Acetylene Welding
This course presents basic oxyacetylene welding principles, techniques, theories, and practical applications. The care and use of welding equipment, generators, regulators, torches, tanks, and manifolds will be covered. The oxyacetylene welding of sheet metal and mild steel, cutting, brazing, and soldering are also covered. (Lab fee required.)
|First Year - Spring Semester     17 Credits
EO 110EO 110 - Heavy Equipment Operations I
Students begin an overview of heavy equipment operation, operator responsibilities, and career opportunities. They study OSHA and NIOSH requirements, identify the ten most used pieces of heavy equipment and describe the functional operation and uses for each piece of equipment. Preventive maintenance responsibilities of the operator are covered with emphasis on dump trucks and tractors. Students are introduced to soil composition and characteristics and preparing graded surfaces using heavy equipment.
|Heavy Equipment Operations I
EO 110LEO 110L - Heavy Equipment Operations I Lab
Students identify and don protective clothing and safely drive equipment. They will complete equipment preventive maintenance checks. Students will identify construction stakes and interpret marks on each type of stake as well as describe the process for grading slopes.
|Heavy Equipment Operations I Lab
COMX 106COMX 106 - Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace
Students will study human behavior and personality, self management, self-development, and elementary business psychology. Classroom focus is on career planning and job search: students will develop skills to prepare resumes, cover letters, and other communications involved in obtaining a job. This class is a requirement for the Professional-Technical programs.
|Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace
WLDG 240WLDG 240 - Electric Arc Welding
This course presents the fundamentals of arc welding in flat and horizontal positions. Areas covered include basic welding techniques, joints, fundamental welds, electrode classification, metal identification, welding symbols, and control of expansion and contraction. Students will have the opportunity to use AC-DC, MIG, and TIG welders. (Lab fee required.)
|Electric Arc Welding
ACTG 101ACTG 101 - Accounting Procedures
This course provides fundamental instruction on financial record keeping and basic bookkeeping methods. Topics include implementing the basic accounting equation; using T accounts; preparing and posting journal entries, reversing entries, and closing entries; payroll reporting; compiling income statements, balance sheets, and statements of owner's equity. This course satisfies a core requirement for the AAS degree in Auto Mechanics or Building Technology. In addition, it is an excellent class to prepare students for the Principles of Accounting courses.
EO 150PEO 150P - Heavy Equipment Operations Internship
Practicums are scheduled for students to apply the concepts which they have learned in the program. Students must complete resumes, job applications, and complete an interview process before a company will determine if the student may be placed on their site. Passing a drug test and physical exam may be required before a student can participate in a practicum. Upon completion of the application process, students are placed in the field for 6-7 weeks to complete a minimum of 240 hours of a paid practicum experience. At the time of acceptance by a company, the student becomes a "temporary" employee of the company. Prerequisite: EO 130 and EO 130L with a grade of "C" or better.
|Heavy Equipment Operations Internship
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.