The Heavy Equipment programs are recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the preparation of entry-level heavy equipment service technicians, fleet managers, and test and research engineers. The heavy equipment program has had students from Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, and South America, as well as from throughout the United States.
The HEQT and HSET programs, as well as other Ferris State programs, are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In May of 2001 the HEQT program was one of the first schools in the nation to receive accreditation through the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF). The Heavy Equipment Technology program at the FSU is one of only 15 programs in the nation to receive AEDF accreditation. The HEQT program is also ASE master certified through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
For over 25 years the Heavy Equipment Program has hosted the State SkillsUSA-VICA competition (Diesel Equipment Technology). Additionally, our students have been consistently recognized as major contenders at the SkillsUSA-VICA competition (Diesel Equipment Technology) on a national level. Ordinarily, our students compete against 35 competitors from other states. Some of the competitors have worked in the field for over ten years. On average, our AAS students have steadily won or finished in the top four places of national competition.
Both the HEQT and the HSET programs require all students to complete an internship program. The HEQT internship program consists of 12 weeks (480 hours) of paid on-the-job training at an approved repair facility and the HSET internship program consists of 10 weeks (400 hours) of paid on-the-job training.
The Heavy Equipment programs emphasize skill development as well as fundamental knowledge development in technical theory, mathematics, physical science, behavioral science, and communication.
The HEQT and Faculty have years of successful field experience as heavy equipment technicians. The Faculty are also professionally prepared teachers. The Faculty continually participate in professional development activities to improve their skills and knowledge in preparation for new technology. Many of these activities include factory sponsored training seminars.
Employment opportunities for HEQT and HSET graduates are excellent. Future employment projections are also excellent. Bureau of Labor statistics project a continual shortage of qualified heavy equipment technicians.