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HEQU 109 - Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operation
Course Details
Course Code:
HEQU 109

Calendar Description:
This course provides intensive supervised operation of such equipment as crawler dozers, track excavators and other equipment requirements as suggested by local industry. Preventative maintenance will be covered both in the classroom and during the practical training.

Hours:
Total Hours: 125
Lecture Hours: 2


Practicum Hours:
Total Practicum Hours: 23


Total Weeks:
5

Pre-Requisites:
Machine Support System Maintenance - HEQU 108

Course Content:
Familiarization

History
Crawler Tractors

Major Components

Introduction
Front Mounted Attachments
Rear Mounted Attachments
Side Mounted Attachments

Location and Function of Controls

Introduction
Symbols
Gauges
Power Shift Tractor Controls
Standard Shift Power Controls
Starting Controls for Crawlers Equipped with Gasoline Starting Motors
Starting Controls for 24 Volt Electric Start
Blade Control Unit
Ripper Controls
Winch Control Unit

Preventive Maintenance

Introduction
Crawler Routines
New Caterpillar Track Adjustment Procedure

Starting and Stopping

Introduction
Gasoline Starting Engine
Direct Electric Start
Stopping the Tractor
Stopping the Engine

Maneuvering

General Operating Procedure
Moving the Tractor
Steering
Changing Direction
Changing Gears
Application of 3rd Gear
Maneuvering Slowly in Tight Quarters
Turning While Moving Slowly in Tight Quarters
Steering on Steep Downgrade
Parking the Crawler Tractor

Blading Work Cycle

Introduction
Levelling Passes
Loading
Carrying
Distribution
Return

Push Loading

Introduction
Push Loading Techniques
Pusher Operator as Pit Boss

Ripping

Introduction
Operating Adjustments
Ripper Operation
General Operating Guides
Operating the Adjustable Ripper

Winching

Introduction
Winch Application
Winch Operation
Safe Operating Guides

Brushing

Introduction
Crawler Attachments for Land Clearing
Safe Operating Guides
Basic Techniques for Brushing
Work Patterns for Piling Brush

Pull Scraper

Introduction
History
Scraper Components
Cable Control Systems
Hydraulic Control Systems
Scraper Work Cycle
Efficient Loading
Efficient Hauling
Efficient Unloading
Job Set Up
Special Loading Techniques
Finishing with the Scraper
Scraper Maintenance

Excavations and Backfilling

Culvert Excavation
Backfilling the Culvert
Basement Excavation
Basement Backfilling
Ditch Excavation
Mud Hole Excavation and Backfilling

Padding

Introduction
Padding Procedures

Sloping

Slopes
Constructing a Slope
Basic Guidelines for Slope Trimming
Preparing Steep Slopes

Production Dozing
Introduction
Dozing Patterns
Cycle Time Factors

Pioneering

Pioneering Side Hill Cuts




Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate basic theorectical and practical skills necessary to enter the heavy equipment operator field.

Grading System:
Pass/Fail

Grading Weight:
Practicum: 90 %
Other: 10 %


Other Programs:
Heavy Equipment Operator
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