The Heavy Equipment Institute at Ferris State University is pleased to announce our
workshop courses for the spring/summer 2021. 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.
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.
Welding for Maintenance & Repair (Prerequisite to Welding Fabrication training)
Theory and practical application of common welding and cutting operations used for
maintenance and repair operations. Discussion will include safety, process fundamentals
and techniques to perform welding and cutting operations in multiple positions using
oxy-acetylene, shielded metal arc (STICK), gas metal arc (MIG), flux core, gas tungsten
arc (TIG) and plasma arc cutting. Hands on activities will alow participants to setup
and operate equipment while developing and refining process techniques and control.
The course will include instructor demonstrations followed by guided learning and
refining process techniques and control. The course will include instructor demonstrations
followed by guided learning with an emphasis on metal identification and the practical
application of welding and cutting processes.
Fundamentals of Welding Fabrication
Theory and practical application of common fabrication techniques used for maintenance
and repair operations. Discussions will include basic welding metallurgy, fabrication
process fundamentals, distortion controls, punching, shearing, flame shrinking and
bending, project design techniques. Hands on activities will allow participants to
fabricate small projects utilizing different equipment while developing and refining
process techniques and control. The course will include instructor demonstrations
followed by guided learning with an emphasis on metal fabrication and the practical
application of welding and cutting processes.
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
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.
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.
Heavy Duty Air Conditioning Systems
This course provides a basic understanding of the theory of mobile equipment air conditioning
systems. Course topics include the basic refrigeration cycle, air conditioning control
systems, proper diagnosis and repair of mobile A/C systems, and safe handling of refrigerants.
An emphasis will be placed on the use of A/C servicing tools including manifold gauge
sets, vacuum pumps, refrigerant recovery/recycling machines, and leak detectors. Hands-on
activities include identification, testing, evacuation, and recharge of mobile A/C
Advanced Electronic Control Systems
This course provides a working knowledge of electronic control systems on heavy duty
trucks and mobile equipment. Course topics include the operating principles of interactive
electronic control systems, on-vehicle networking systems, sensing circuits, and actuation
devices. An emphasis will be placed on the use of electronic diagnostic tools to properly
diagnose and maintain computer management and CAN Bus systems. Hands-on exercises
target the identification, location, and testing of electronically controlled mobile
equipment systems. Participants will also practice using diagnostic software to troubleshoot
and diagnose failures of electronic controlled sensing and actuation circuits.
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.
If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in any event organized
by Corporate & Professional Development, please contact us at (231) 591-5808 or [email protected] to request accommodation at least 72 hours in advance of the event.