Heavy Equipment Institute

The Heavy Equipment Institute at Ferris State University is pleased to announce our workshop courses for the spring/summer 2019.  These highly effective workshops have been developed for today's busy truck, heavy equipment, and diesel engine technicians.

Each course is delivered by highly qualified instructors from Ferris State's Heavy equipment or Welding programs.  As with all of our training, these courses are practical and emphasize hands-on applications.

The workshops are ideal for mechanics, technicians, operators and supervisors looking for a better understanding of components and systems or update knowledge and skills.

  • Upgrade your skills and technical knowledge
  • Learn from field tested instructors
  • Hands-on learning
  • Compact, easy to schedule workshop courses

Registration is now open!

  • Title/Facility Dates Times Day Fee
    Electrical Systems May 13, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday $390
    Electrical Systems Troubleshooting May 14, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday $390
    Fundamentals of Hydraulics May 15, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday $390
    Hydraulic System Troubleshooting May 16, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Thursday $390
    Advanced Electronic Control Systems May 20, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday $390
    Diesel Engine Emissions Tier 4 Control Systems May 21, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday $390
    Electronic Fuel Systems May 22, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday $390
    Heavy Duty Air Conditioning Systems May 23, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Thursday $390
    Fundamentals of Braking Systems June 3, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday $390
    Fundamentals of Drivelines June 4, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday $390
    Basic Maintenance Welding
     Location: FSU Swan Building
    TBA Call 231-591-5811
    for more information
    Advanced Maintenance Welding
     Location: FSU Swan Building

    Call 231-591-5811
    for more information

    Location:  Unless otherwise indicated courses are held on the Big Rapids Campus of Ferris State University.  Most training will occur at the Heavy Equipment Technology Center located just west of the Ferris Ice Arena (220 Sports Drive).  Ferris Campus Map

    Participants should arrive with proper safety equipment which always includes:  enclosed leather shoes/boots and safety glasses.  See course descriptions for other equipment that may be required or provided.


  • Electrical Systems

    • Basic theory of electricity and electronics as applied to the heavy equipment industry.  Instruction will include use of instruments for measuring current, voltage, and resistance.  Hands on exercises will focus on calculating current draws, voltage drops, and resistances of series, parallel, and a combination of series and parallel systems.  Exercises will also include the construction and testing of series, parallel, and series/parallel systems. 


    Electrical Systems Troubleshooting

    • Relationship between voltage, amperage, and resistance; the function and operation of charging systems; and to perform basic battery testing, troubleshooting and maintenance.  Instruction will include the construction, testing, and troubleshooting of basic electrical systems and testing and diagnosing of charging systems used in a variety of diesel and gasoline powered vehicles.  Hands on exercises include:  determining the relationships between voltage, current, and resistance and diagnosing circuit conditions by interpreting voltage and voltage drop measurements.  Exercises will also focus on the construction, operation, diagnosing, and troubleshooting of cranking systems and cranking circuit failures using hand-held and portable testing equipment and will include maintenance, charging, troubleshooting, and diagnosing failures of batteries. 


    Fundamentals of Hydraulics

    • Theory and practical application of fluid power principles as applied to the heavy equipment industry.  Instruction will include testing, diagnosing, and troubleshooting of mobile hydraulic systems and their components.  Hands on exercises will focus on reading and understanding hydraulic schematics and symbols, along with using pressure gages and flow meters to test, troubleshoot, and diagnose failures of hydraulic systems. 


    Hydraulic System Troubleshooting

    • Mobile pumps, pump controls, mobile proportional valving, load sensing systems and troubleshooting using schematics, electronics controls, and interface of electronics to hydraulic controls. 


    Diesel Engine Emissions Tier 4 Control Systems

    • Practical knowledge needed to perform routine maintenance, diagnose, and repair of diesel engine tier 4 emission systems.  Instruction will include the operation, testing, trouble-shooting and repair of tier 4 emission system technologies.  Instruction will also include the specific maintenance processes and procedures required by tier 4 emission systems.  Lab exercises will focus on required testing equipment, on-board diagnostics, and system controls.  Participants will learn to monitor and retrieve diagnostic data from electronic controlled tier 4 emissions systems.  The instructor will demonstrate how to analyze available data in order to diagnose and develop a corrective action for systems faults. 


    Fundamentals of Braking Systems with Troubleshooting

    • The course provides a working knowledge of braking systems and their applications in heavy equipment.  Course topics include the operating principles of brake systems; air brake operation, maintenance, and repair; brake system testing and inspection; antilock brake systems; and rollover stability control systems.  All topics are directed toward applications specific to trucking and heavy equipment. 


    Fundamentals of Drivelines

    • This course delivers a working knowledge of heavy duty drive drivelines.  Course topics include the operating principles of clutch systems, basic gearing concepts, and driveshaft systems.  Hands-on exercises include:  clutch adjustment and servicing procedures; inspection and diagnosis of gear system component failures; and measurement and inspection of driveshaft systems.


    Electronic Fuel Systems

    • This course provides a working knowledge of electronic diesel fuel systems.  Course topics include the operating principles of diesel fuel system hydraulics, electronic and electronic over mechanical injection systems, tune-up procedures, and servicing of electronic fuel systems.  An emphasis will be placed on the use of electronic diagnostic tools to properly diagnose and maintain diesel electronic fuel systems.  Hands-on exercises target the identification, location, and testing of electronically controlled diesel fuel system components.  Participants will also practice using diagnostic software to troubleshoot and diagnose failures of electronic diesel fuel injection circuits. 


    Basic Maintenance Welding

    • Theory and practical application of maintenance welding procedures.  Emphasis will be placed on the theory, safety, and welding techniques required to make basic weld joints in multiple positions using oxy-acetylene, shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc and gas metal arc welding.  Hands on exercises will focus on metal identification, joint preparation, oxy-acetylene cutting, and arc welding processes.


    Advanced Maintenance Welding

    • Theory and practical application of advanced welding procedures.  Emphasis is placed on the theory, basic metallurgy and out-of-position welding techniques of SMAW, SGAW, GMAW and FCAW on carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and cast iron.  A review of shop safety procedures and metal identification techniques will be included.  Hands on exercises will be focused on instructor demonstration of various welding processes, student hands-on material identification and student operation of various welding processes. 

Spring 2019 Heavy Equipment Institute Brochure