Heavy Equipment Courses Led to Important           Role in Automotive FieldIn the automotive industry, Heavy Duty Equipmen...
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Heavy equipment courses led to important role in automotive field

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In-school theory, lab practice and a paid co-op placement are three key components that make Centennial College’s Heavy Duty Equipment Technician courses stand apart from those of other schools.

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Heavy equipment courses led to important role in automotive field

  1. 1. Heavy Equipment Courses Led to Important Role in Automotive FieldIn the automotive industry, Heavy Duty Equipment Technicianshave a variety of important responsibilities. First and foremost, theyare responsible for checking bulldozers, cranes, graders and otherheavy construction, agricultural, logging and mining equipment forproper performance and inspect equipment to detect faults andmalfunctions. As such, jobs can be found in a variety of areas. Inaddition, Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians diagnose the faults ormalfunctions; adjust equipment and repair or replace defectiveparts, components or systems; test repaired equipment for properperformance and to ensure that work meets manufacturers’specifications; and much more. In addition to Heavy DutyEquipment Technicians, this field also has a need for servicemanagers, service writers or coordinators, equipment companyrepresentatives, or college or industry teachers.Training is available at Centennial College where students canattend a two-year apprenticeship program called Heavy DutyEquipment Technician, which results in an Ontario College Diploma.In order to apply for the college’s heavy equipment courses,students are required to have completed at minimum an OntarioSecondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General EducationalDevelopment (GED) or equivalent. Non-academic requirementsinclude: satisfactory results in a program admission session,experience and mechanical aptitude, resumé and Englishproficiency.To complete this program, students spend the first eight months inschool, eight months in co-op as registered apprentices and a finaleight months in school. The standout aspect of the CentennialCollege Heavy Duty Equipment Technician offering is that itprovides a combination of business courses with a wide range ofheavy equipment courses. For example, students attend OccupationHealth and Safety, College Communications, OrganizationalBehaviour, Global Citizenship, Fixed Operations Management andmore. Meanwhile, Heavy Duty Equipment courses focus on appliedmechanics, vehicle dynamics as well as component design andrepair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. During the in-school portion of the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician offering,
  2. 2. students are based at Ashtonee Campus, Ontario’s largesttransportation training centre. This fully-equipped campus offersstudents the chance to fix actual heavy duty equipment vehiclesusing tools that are used in the field.Once students have a base knowledge and have experiencedpractical practice, they spend eight months at a heavy equipmentfacility and then return to the college to complete their entireOntario apprenticeship in-school curriculum in two years. The co-opexperience provides the opportunity to not only apply what waslearned in school but also to network and get to know professionalsin the field. Many students end up staying on as full-timeemployees at their co-op placement upon graduation as they enterthe apprenticeship aspect of their careers. The Heavy DutyEquipment Technician co-op is a paid placement.Summary: In-school theory, lab practice and a paid co-opplacement are three key components that make CentennialCollege’s Heavy Duty Equipment Technician courses stand apartfrom those of other schools.Author Details: In this informative piece, Klaudia describes theHeavy Duty Equipment Technician courses that students attend atCentennial College, which balance business and practical practice.Keywords: heavy duty equipment technician, heavy equipmentcourses

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