Heavy Equipment & Transport Technology (HEATT)

Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology (HEATT) programs are designed to provide the knowledge and skills to operate, troubleshoot, and repair construction equipment, agricultural equipment, and trucks. Graduates should qualify for entry-level employment in businesses that operate and repair such equipment in the construction industry. Entry and advancement levels depend on the training completed, knowledge and ability levels, work performance, and ethics.  

ADMISSIONS: All HEATT programs have limited enrollment. Students can enter programs in the fall or spring semester, as follows:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission to Wake Tech online and follow application instructions, including requesting your high school and (if applicable) college transcripts and indicating the code or codes for your major on the application.
  2. Schedule placement testing, depending on your high school courses and GPA and your SAT or ACT scores.
  3. Meet with an advisor to review your placement test scores.
  4. Meet with the HEATT department head to verify program codes and selected pathway.
  5. Find out your start date. If the program you choose is full, the department head can recommend general education courses that can be taken until an opening occurs.

For more detailed admissions information, visit http://admissions.waketech.edu.  

The programs also help students develop “soft” skills vital to employability and to personal and professional success: 
  • Interpersonal skills and teamwork
  • Communication
  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative and dependability
  • Information processing
  • Adaptability and lifelong learning

Students are not required to have knowledge of heavy equipment repair; however, basic knowledge of computers, electricity, electronics, and mechanical repairs is beneficial.

HEATT is a growing field with promising employment prospects.
Technicians are in high demand. Construction companies, dealerships, and independent garage owners want to hire graduates. An annual job fair for HEATT graduates is held in the last week of March – and an average of 30 companies compete for graduates and work-based learning students to fill 70+ job openings. Each year, more employers attend and more openings are available. 

Wages and benefits are competitive:

  • $23,000-$36,000 (plus benefits) for entry-level agricultural technicians; $36,000-$44,000 with experience. Some graduates earn as much as $53,000 annually.
  • $25,000-$38,000 (plus benefits) for entry-level heavy equipment operators in paving, surfacing, and tamping; $38,000-$50,000 with experience. Some graduates earn as much as $66,000. 
  • $28,000-$43,000 (plus benefits) for entry-level diesel truck technicians and diesel engine specialists; $43,000-$54,000 with experience. Some graduates earn as much as $65,000 annually.
  • $28,000-$43,000 (plus benefits) for operators of construction equipment such as motor graders, dozers, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete/hard surface pavement; $43,000-$58,000 with experience. Some graduates earn as much as $75,000.
  • $31,000–47,000 (plus benefits) for entry-level heavy equipment technicians; $47,000–57,000 with experience. Some graduates earn as much as $68,000 annually. 

Advancement potential is great as technologies change. 
Technicians can advance to entry-level journeyman, line technician, field technician, shop foreman, service manager, general services manager, instructor/trainer, or parts manager. Heavy equipment operators can advance to site manager, project manager, or instructor/trainer.


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