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Diesel Equipment Technology

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Degree Type
60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus
  • Daytime

As the commercial truck driving industry has experienced growth, so has the need for trained technicians to service and repair heavy-duty equipment and vehicles. In this program, receive training in diesel engines, suspension and steering, electronics, drive train, hydraulics, brakes and preventive maintenance, heavy equipment welding, heavy equipment fuel systems, as well as HVAC and refrigeration systems.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

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

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Contact Us

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Potential Careers

If you’re interested in working as a mechanic in the truck driving industry, a job as a diesel equipment technician might be for you. Those in this field must have patience, be able to think on their feet, and possess analytical, mathematical and electronic skills.

  • 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

$41,600 – $65,200 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. Gain experience working on Freightliner, Peterbilt, Kenworth and Volvo tractors.
  2. An option exists to earn your CDL - and test drive the vehicles on which you have worked. 
  3. Benefit from hands-on learning in real-world settings through technical internship experiences.

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Earn certificates, technical diplomas and/or industry credentials along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

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Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

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