Diesel Heavy Equipment Technician Technical Diploma

Diesel heavy equipment mechanic course

Your future runs on diesel.

Today's diesel mechanics work on high-tech farm and construction equipment as well as other complex vehicles and machines you might not expect – speedboats, airplanes, military trucks, self-driving tractors, and many more. Prepare for your future with this Diesel Heavy Equipment program!

Program Code: 314126

Graduates of this technical diploma program are equipped to diagnose, service, and repair a variety of diesel powered equipment. Typical careers include construction equipment technician, engine technician, farm equipment technician, fuel injection technician, service technician, and truck driver/diesel technician. This program is accredited by The AED Foundation.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Students completing this technical diploma may also earn the Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree (104121) after completing four additional courses.

Employment Potential

Construction Equipment Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs a variety of construction equipment such as track type tractors, wheel loaders, and back hoe loaders.

  • Engine Technician: diagnoses and repairs diesel engines.
  • Farm Equipment Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs a variety of diesel-powered agricultural equipment.
  • Fuel Injection Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs fuel injection systems.
  • Service Technician: performs preventive maintenance and regularly scheduled maintenance on equipment to keep it in service.
  • Truck Driver/Diesel Technician: owns or operates a small fleet and wants to perform his/her own regular and preventive maintenance.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit the following to High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript). College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Diesel Heavy Equipment Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
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Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply hydraulic systems fundamentals.
  • Manage chassis, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Explain diesel engine systems.
  • Explain diesel engine service fundamentals.
  • Describe the mechanics of track drive systems.
  • Perform required preventative maintenance.
  • Use welding and machine tools.
  • Maintain brake systems.
  • Analyze electronic/electrical systems.
  • Manage heating - AC systems.
  • Interpret schematic drawings.
  • Comprehend power train systems.
  • Diagnose engine systems.
  • Service vehicle systems.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs 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 or visit

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