Diesel Equipment


The Diesel Equipment Technology Program is an instructional program that provides students with the competencies required to maintain and repair a variety of industrial diesel equipment, including but not limited to agricultural tractors, commercial trucks, and construction equipment. Students learn to inspect, repair and maintain engines, power trains, hydraulic systems, electrical, air conditioning, and brake systems, in addition to earning multiple industry accredited certifications in each area of concentration over a course of 14 consecutive months.

Experienced faculty prepare students for an entry-level Diesel Technician position in the Heavy Duty Truck and Heavy Equipment industry. The curriculum utilizes both the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Medium/Heavy Truck standards and the Standards for Construction Equipment Technology (AED). These documents serve as national standards for certification of medium/heavy truck and construction equipment technician programs.

The program offers an accelerated transition pathway of a career certificate at successful completion of 30 semester credit hours, a technical certificate for transportation (medium to heavy trucks) option at successful completion of 45 semester credit hours or a technical certificate for heavy equipment option at successful completion of 45 semester credit hours. Students have the opportunity to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Equipment Technology degree (AAS-DET) simultaneously or after completion of the technical certificate by successfully completing the required 15 to 16 semester credit hours approved college-level academic courses.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Program offers 12-14 students the flexibility of beginning this program five times a year: January, March, June, August, and October.

Areas of Specialty Training

  • Safety
  • Electronic Controlled Diesel Engines
  • Hydraulic and Mechanical Power Trains
  • Basic and Advanced Hydraulics
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Mobile Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Welding
  • Air Brakes

Employment Potential

Sponsors of the Diesel Technology Academy include Stribling Equipment, Empire Truck Sales, and Total Transportation. Students will find the Diesel Equipment Technology program a reliable and thorough training ground for employment in the Diesel industry. The program has an excellent reputation with local industries looking for skilled workers and placement of students who complete the program is a top priority. Graduates of this program typically go to work at local dealerships that sell and service heavy duty trucks and or Industrial equipment such as Dozers, Excavators, Backhoes, logging equipment etc. The average annual income for these positions is $50,000 at the state level. 

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For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this program must meet, interview, and test with the Diesel Equipment Technology chairperson and/or Navigator as well as submit high school/GED/College transcripts, ACT or ACCUPLACER scores, and complete the application for admission.


Donna Lawrence
Navigator, Diesel Equipment Technology
Lee Douglas
Director, Diesel Equipment Technology
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