Program Description

The Diesel Equipment Technology diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the diesel equipment service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of truck, heavy equipment, marine systems, or emergency power generator repair theory and practical application necessary for successful employment depending on the specialization area a student chooses to complete. Program graduates receive a Diesel Equipment Technology diploma that qualifies them as entry-level Diesel Equipment technicians.

Nature of the Work

Diesel service technicians and mechanics repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment. Other diesel technicians and mechanics work on other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines. Others repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks, or boats.


Diesel service technicians and mechanics held about 263,100 jobs in 2008.These workers were employed in almost every industry, particularly those that use trucks, buses, and equipment to haul, deliver, and transport materials, goods, and people.The largest employer, the truck transportation industry, employed about 17 percent of diesel service technicians and mechanics.About 8 percent were employed by automotive repair and maintenance facilities.The rest were employed throughout the economy, including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and automotive leasing.About 6 percent were self-employed.

Job Outlook

Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow by 6 percent from 2008 to 2018, slower than the average for all occupations.The diesel engine, because of its durability and fuel efficiency, is the preferred engine for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and other large vehicles. As more freight is shipped across the country, additional trucks, and corresponding truck repairers, will be needed. Despite this trend, the increasing durability of new vehicles will limit the need for additional workers. Most new jobs will continue to be in the freight trucking and automotive repair and maintenance industries. Beyond the growth in the number of vehicles that need to be serviced, there will be additional demand for diesel engines mechanics to retrofit and modernize existing vehicles to comply with environmental regulations.


Median hourly wages of bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, including incentive pay, were $18.94 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $15.25 and $23.58 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.50, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $28.41 an hour.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians and Aides, on the Internet at http://www.bls. gov/oco/ocos182.htm

There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.

Diesel Diploma (48 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
Diesel Equipment Technology
occupational courses
COMP 1020 College Success
DIET 1000 Intro Diesel Tech Tools & Safety
DIET 1010 Diesel ELCT & Electronic Syst
DIET 1030 Diesel Engines
DIET 1040 Diesel Truck & Heavy Equip HVAC
DIET 1020 Preventive Maintenance
Medium/Heavy Truck
occupational courses
DIET 2000 Truck Steering&Suspension Syst
DIET 2010 Truck Brake Systems
DIET 2020 Truck Drivetrains
Heavy Equipment
occupational courses
DIET 2001 Heavy Equipment Hydraulics
DIET 2011 Off Road Drivelines

Diesel Engine Service Technician: DE21
DIET 1000 Intro Diesel Tech Tools&Safety
DIET 1010 Diesel ELCT&Electronic Syst
DIET 1030 Diesel Engines

*All program information subject to change without notice.


Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.


Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills   60
Reading Comp.   55
Arithmetic   34
Algebra   N/A

Instructors & Faculty