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Diesel Equipment Technology Program Code 104121

Associate Degree

Offered at the Sturgeon Bay campus. For information: (920) 746-4900. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Prepares students to service and repair diesel powered equipment and prepare graduates for management, ownership, supervisory level positions and advanced educational options. Instruction incorporates repair of steering, brakes, hydraulic systems, and chassis components.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs a variety of heavy equipment ranging from over-the-road trucks, off-road construction equipment, agricultural equipment, and potentially stationary power supply engines.

Related Specialist Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs fuel injection systems, hydraulics systems, trailer service and other specialty areas.

Related Parts Support Manager: manages a parts department within a repair facility.

Industry Related Service Manager-Supervisor: manages technician performance, directs work flow, tracks work progress, coordinates service business profitability, reports to Operations level management.

Industry Related Sales Representative: sales position within the diesel and heavy equipment industry or support business to the industry.

Business Owner: owns own business related to the diesel and heavy equipment or support business.

Educational Trainer: With additional study and transfer to a four-year baccalaureate college, a graduate could pursue a four-year degree in secondary, post-secondary or technical training industry.


The NWTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards. Additionally, all instructional staff in the NWTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Programs are, at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians.
The NWTC Diesel Equipment Technology program is an AED Foundation (Associated Equipment Dealers) Certified Program.


. A three to five page paper or specialty assignments are required for courses applied to an associate degree. Individual instructor requirements will be received at program orientation and listed in each course syllabus.
. Diesel program students are able to enroll in a four-credit Power Generation program enhancement certificate. Please call (920) 746-4919 for more details.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Apply hydraulic systems fundamentals
. Manage chassis, steering, and suspension systems
. Explain diesel engine systems
. Explain diesel engine service fundamentals
. Perform required preventive maintenance
. Maintain brake systems
. Analyze electronic/electrical systems
. Manage heating - A/C systems
. Comprehend power train systems
. Interpret schematic drawings
. Diagnose engine systems
. Service vehicle systems
. Communicate effectively with the customer
. Complete customer repair orders accurately
. Organize a daily work schedule
. Tabulate a daily time sheet of technician's repair work

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent .(For a list of equivalents, go to
. High school background in math, science and technology education would be beneficial.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: 27, Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 74. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-412-100 Diesel Lab Operations Tech
10-412-108 Inte Combust Eng Tech-Intro to
10-412-111 Diesel Engine Service Fund
10-412-112 Diesel Electrical Systems 1 Te
* 10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-107 College Mathematics
** 10-890-101 College 101

10-412-120 Diesel-Chassis/Susp/Steer Tech
10-412-121 Diesel-Brake Systems Technolog
10-412-122 Diesel Preventive Maint Techno
10-412-123 Diesel-Elect Systems Technolog
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm

10-412-124 Diesel-Electric Eng System Tec
10-412-134 Diesel Engine Systems Technolo
10-412-136 Diesel-Mobile Hydraulic Sys Te
10-412-137 Diesel-Schematic Interpret Tec
10-419-169 Hydraulics Technology
10-458-100 CDL License Training
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations

10-412-140 Diesel Engine Troubleshoot Tec
10-412-141 Diesel-Power Trains Technology
10-412-145 Diesel-Refrig/AC Technology
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society


Curriculum Note
* Students must earn a "C" or better in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-412-100 DIESEL LAB OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY ...diesel shop safety, basic equipment operation, rigging and lifting, hand and power precision tools, fasteners and hazard material handling procedures.

10-412-108 INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TECHNOLOGY - INTRO TO ...basic internal combustion (IC) engine types, IC engine classifications and applications, IC engine theory and operation, IC engine construction and careers in IC engine service and repair.

10-412-111 DIESEL ENGINE SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS ...diesel engine service procedures; lubrication, cooling, fuel intake and exhaust systems, bearings, seals and basic diesel engine diagnosis.

10-412-112 DIESEL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 1 TECHNOLOGY ...will cover but not be limited to: electronic components, electrical safety, storage batteries, charging and starting systems. Knowledge, skills and understanding required for employment in the diesel field.

10-412-120 DIESEL-CHASSIS/SUSP/STEER TECHNOLOGY ...vehicular steering systems, heavy-duty axles, suspension systems, wheels and tires, coupling systems. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel-Lab Operations Tech)

10-412-121 DIESEL-BRAKE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY ...braking systems, drum brake principles, disc brakes, foundation brake systems, air brakes, anti-lock systems. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations Tech)

10-412-122 DIESEL PREVENTIVE MAINT TECHNOLOGY terms, maintenance, inspection, lubricants, clutch, brakes, wheels and rims, steering, suspension, electrical, air system, and hydraulic system. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations Tech)

10-412-123 DIESEL-ELECT SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY ...will cover but not be limited to: electronic components, electrical safety, storage batteries, charging and starting systems. Knowledge, skills and understanding required for employment in the diesel field. (Prerequisite: 10-412-112, Diesel Electrical Systems 1 Tech)

10-412-124 DIESEL-ELECTRIC ENG SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY ...engine, drive train, chassis, and cab computer systems software.

10-412-134 DIESEL ENGINE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY safety, fuel system components, governors, nozzles, American Bosch systems, Robert Bosch systems, Lucas systems, Stanadyne systems, Cummins systems, Detroit Diesel systems, Caterpiller systems, and testing methods. (Prerequisite: 10-412-111, Diesel Engine Ser Fund Tech)

10-412-136 DIESEL-MOBILE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY hydraulics system components safety, principles of operation, diagnosis, and service.

10-412-137 DIESEL-SCHEMATIC INTERPRET TECHNOLOGY ...electronic/hydraulic schematics, applications of schematics, system similarities, components, review of systems operation, practical applications in diagnosing system problems, use of special test equipment/schematics to solve problems. (Prerequisite: 10-412-123, Diesel Electrical Systems Tech II)

10-412-140 DIESEL ENGINE TROUBLESHOOT TECHNOLOGY ...diesel engine troubleshooting steps, major check points when inspecting or operating a diesel engine, causes of poor engine performance and failure, perform engine diagnostic tests, dyno test an engine. (Prerequisite: 10-412-111, Diesel Engine Ser Fund Tech)

10-412-141 DIESEL-POWER TRAINS TECHNOLOGY, power train components, coupling systems, hydraulic retarders, mechanical transmissions, drive shafts, final drives, gear reduction boxes, planetary gear sets, chain-type final drive, belt drive systems.

10-412-145 DIESEL-REFRIG/AC TECHNOLOGY; basics of air conditioning; refrigerants and oil; basic system and its functions; environmental safety practices; inspection, diagnosing, and using service tools. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel-Lab Operations Tech)

10-419-169 HYDRAULICS TECHNOLOGY ...will cover the following but not be limited to hydraulics principles, system schematics and symbols, pumps, valves, cylinders, motors, accumulators, filters, reservoirs, hydraulic seals, fluids, maintenance, and safety rules.

10-458-100 CDL LICENSE TRAINING ...this course is designed to prepare students for the Wisconsin Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) pre-trip inspection, air brake and skills test. Preparation will also be given for taking the State DOT written test including general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicles.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.