Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 

324121

Credits: 

54.00
Financial Aid Available

As a diesel and heavy equipment technician, you’ll help keep business and industry moving by diagnosing and repairing diesel engines, heavy trucks, and heavy equipment. Our hands-on program covers the power trains, electrical/electronic systems, chassis systems, brakes, and hydraulics of this equipment. Students learn the latest technology used in the industry. Our interdisciplinary approach draws from welding and general studies to provide a solid background for entry into the field through applied, general, and specialized training. Most students compete the course in 21 months. Graduates have excellent career opportunities in a secure and rewarding field.

Classes are held at Western's state-of-the-art Truck and Heavy Equipment Facility, located in La Crosse's industrial park, 2719 Larson Street. Check our maps page for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

This program will cost about $9,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates29
Graduates Responding9
Employed in Related Occupation9
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding05
Average Hours Per Week43
Median Hourly Wage$18.50
Hourly Wage Range$14.50 - $23.00
Median Annual Salary$38,480.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Apprentice - Mechanic; Reinhart Foods, La Crosse, WI
  • Diesel Mechanic; Bobcat of the Coulee Region, La Crescent, MN
  • Diesel Mechanic; Debauche Truck and Diesel, La Crosse, WI
  • Diesel Technician; Curt’s Truck and Diesel, Owatonna, MN
  • Diesel Technician; River States Truck and Trailer, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Diesel Technician
Diesel Mechanic
Field Service Technician
Fleet Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in their course of study.
  • Project a professional image by acts of timeliness, cleanliness, honesty and acceptance of responsibility for actions taken.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, attentive listening skills and the ability to foster personal relationships.
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspect, diagnose, service and repair major systems related to the diesel transportation and heavy equipment industry.
  • Practice personal work habits through compliance with all company, brand/vehicle, OSHA and environmental policies.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Gainful Employment

Accreditation

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Career Pathways

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