Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician | Western Technical College

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Technical Diploma

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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 interactive map for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

This program will cost about $9,500* 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 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding4
Employed in Related Occupation3
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$22.10
Hourly Wage Range$21.00 - $22.42
Median Annual Salary$45,964

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Compact Construction Equipment Tech; Ziegler Caterpillar, Rochester, MN
  • Heavy Diesel/Equip Technician; John Deere/Tractor Central, Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic; Joint Logistics Managers Inc., Prince George, VA

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

$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 reading, sentence skills, 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 waivers here.

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

Gainful Employment


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


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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