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Diesel Equipment Mechanic

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Degree Type
45-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus
  • Daytime

Diesel equipment technicians complete service work, replace worn parts and conduct diagnostic tests on heavy-duty equipment and vehicles. In this program, receive classroom and hands-on training in diesel engines, suspension and steering, electronics, drive train, hydraulics, brakes and preventative maintenance, heavy equipment welding and fuel systems, HVAC and refrigeration systems. 

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

If you are a good listener, problem-solver and have a strong work ethic, a career as a diesel equipment mechanic may be right for you. Those in this field must communicate well to explain complex technical issues in terms the average customer understands, and have the patience to determine the cause and solution to a problem.

  • Diesel Equipment Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Service Department Assistant
  • Service Technician
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$25,300 – $42,500 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Develop skills to pursue an entry-level mechanic position.
  2. Advance your career by applying credits earned in this program to the Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree program.
  3. Get an introduction to basic electronics and troubleshooting codes.

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