Heavy Equipment Training in Ohio with School Information

Research heavy equipment training programs in Ohio, which currently has 8 schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, tuition info and program options for 6 of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

There are a few community colleges and career centers as well as a university in Ohio that offer diplomas, certificates and associate's degrees in heavy equipment. General education coursework is included in the associate's degree programs. Students must complete classroom hours and laboratory work. The following programs are featured:

  • Equipment Maintenance Technology
  • Heavy Truck Mechanics
  • Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Diesel Service
  • Diesel Technician
  • Mobile-Powered Equipment
  • Heavy Equipment Management
  • John Deere Technician
  • Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician

Career Requirements

Heavy equipment operators typically need to have a commercial driver's license (CDL), and some states also require operators to have specific licenses to use particular types of equipment. Before Ohio residents can obtain a CDL, they must be at least 18 years of age and already possess a standard state driver's license. Students who are interested in fixing and maintaining heavy equipment might want to look into pursuing voluntary certification from a relevant organization, such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Overviews of six Ohio-based schools with heavy equipment programs are included below, as is a table that compares tuition rates.


Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County

Newark's Career and Technology Education Centers provide a 900-hour heavy truck mechanics program that trains students for careers as diesel mechanics in the heavy trucking industry. This program prepares students to take the ASE and National Occupational Competency Testing Institute certification exams. Courses cover topics like preventive maintenance, steering and suspension, braking systems and drive trains.

  • Programs Offered: Heavy Truck Mechanic
  • Tuition & Fees : $6,750 for program (2013 tuition only)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; small suburb

Edison Community College

Edison Community College in Piqua offers a 31-credit certificate program in mobile-powered equipment and an associate's degree program with a mobile-powered equipment option that train students to maintain and repair heavy equipment, such as tractors, excavators, backhoes and skid-steer loaders. Students in both programs receive training on mobile hydraulics and hydrostatics, mobile electrical systems, internal combustion engines, hydraulics, welding and mobile electrical systems. The degree program requires at least 62 credits for completion and includes general education courses.

  • Programs Offered: Mobile Powered Equipment Certificate,
    Associate of Applied Science in Equipment Maintenance Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $4,049 per year (2012-2013 tuition and fees)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; fringe rural

Hocking College

The heavy equipment management program at Hocking College in Nelsonville can be completed in 5 semesters. Students learn how to check, maintain and operate heavy equipment like dump trucks, excavators, dozers, backhoes and graders. Topics covered in this program include job appraisal and bidding, soils, welding and construction basics. Students also can take a CDL permit preparation course.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Technical Study in Heavy Equipment Management
  • Tuition & Fees : $5,896 for program (2011-2012)***
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; fringe rural

Miami Valley Career Technology Center

Located in Clayton, Miami Valley Career Technology Center offers a heavy equipment operations course that trains students to operate various types of equipment, including backhoes, graders, excavators, scrapers and dozers. Instruction in this 900-hour program covers all aspects of heavy equipment operation, from safety and maintenance to earth moving, grading and finishing. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Center for Construction Education and Research certification exam.

  • Programs Offered: Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Tuition & Fees : $9,960 for program (2013 tuition only)****
  • School Type & Setting: Less-than-2-year; public; fringe rural

Owens Community College

Owens Community College offers 3 manufacturer-specific heavy equipment associate's degree programs, a diesel service certificate program and a diesel technology degree program at its Toledo campus. Students can also find CDL courses at this school. Aspiring heavy equipment technicians who want to work on a specific brand of heavy equipment can choose to enroll in a Caterpillar program, John Deere tech program or John Deere turf program. Students in each program learn to maintain and repair suspension and steering, brakes, engines and electrical/electronic systems. Students in the manufacturer-specific programs receive work experience at either Caterpillar or John Deere, in addition to classroom instruction and laboratory training.

  • Programs Offered: Diesel Service Certificate,
    Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science,
    Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Associate of Applied Science,
    John Deere Tech Major Associate of Applied Science,
    John Deere Turf Major Associate of Applied Science
  • Tuition & Fees : $3,999 in-state per year; $7,132 out-of-state per year (2012-2013 tuition and fees)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; large suburb

University of Northwestern Ohio

The University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima provides heavy equipment training through a 72-week diesel technician diploma program and a 90-week associate's degree program. Both programs have the same technical course requirements, and the associate's program adds general education courses. The curriculum for each program includes instruction on heavy equipment and vehicle-integrated electronics, welding, truck drive trains, hydraulic brake systems and diesel engine performance, diagnosis and repair. High-performance engine machining and CDL courses are recommended but not required.

  • Programs Offered: Diesel Technician Diploma,
    Associate in Applied Science in Diesel Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $9,275 per year (2012-2013 tuition and fees)**
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Program Cost
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County 2-year; public; small suburb Heavy Truck Mechanics $6,750 for program (2013 tuition only)*
Edison State Community College 2-year; public; fringe rural Mobile Powered Equipment Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Equipment Maintenance Technology
$4,049 per year (2012-2013 tuition and fees)**
Hocking College 2-year; public; fringe rural Associate of Technical Study in Heavy Equipment Management $5,896 for program (2011-2012)***
Miami Valley Career Technology Center Less-than-2-year; public; fringe rural Heavy Equipment Operations $9,960 for program (2013 tuition only)****
Owens Community College 2-year; public; large suburb Diesel Service Certificate,
Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science,
Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Associate of Applied Science,
John Deere Tech Major Associate of Applied Science,
John Deere Turf Major Associate of Applied Science
$3,999 in-state per year; $7,132 out-of-state per year (2012-2013 tuition and fees)**
University of Northwestern Ohio 4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city Diesel Technician Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Diesel Technology
$9,275 per year (2012-2013 tuition and fees)**

Sources: *Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***Hocking College, ****Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

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