Diesel Maintenance Technician

Diesel Maintenance Technician

Degree Type

22-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date


How You'll Learn

On Campus


Diesel maintenance 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, brakes and air systems, drivetrains, preventative maintenance, and electrical and electronic systems.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2025 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any PC laptop or Android tablet, five years old or newer
  • Z87 ANSI rated safety glasses
  • Electrical hazard (EH) rated, slip-resistant safety-toe shoes/work boots
  • Required textbooks

How To Apply

Questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at enroll@wctc.edu.

If you are a good listener, problem-solver and have a strong work ethic, a career as a diesel maintenance technician 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.

  • Service Technician
  • Technical Service Specialist
  • Preventative Maintenance Technician

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

Salary data not yet available

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.

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?


Develop skills to pursue an entry-level diesel technician position.


Advance your career by applying credits earned in this program to the Diesel Equipment Mechanic technical diploma and the Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree.


Work on diesel equipment, which may include trucks used in construction, diesel marine applications, diesel back-up power equipment and 18-wheel tractor-trailers.

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