Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Degree

Diesel Heavy Equipment Repair

Program Code: 104124

Highly skilled technicians are needed to diagnose, service, and repair a variety of heavy equipment such as over-the-road trucks, off-the-road construction equipment, agricultural equipment, and potentially stationary power supply engines. As a graduate of the Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology associate degree program, you'll not only gain such high-tech skills and hands-on experience, you'll be prepared for management, ownership, supervisory level positions, and advanced educational options. Career opportunities include diesel and heavy equipment technician, related specialist technician, related parts support manager, industry related service manager/supervisor, industry related sales representative, business owner, and educational trainer. This program is accredited by The AED Foundation.

Follow Your Path

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

Diesel Heavy Equipment Technician, 314126

Employment Potential

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

  • Diesel 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.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Please note that all new students apply to the technical diploma program. While attending you may later have the associate degree added.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology associate degree 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
  • 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

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The NWTC Diesel Heavy 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 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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