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Diesel Equipment Mechanic
Program Code: 31-412-1

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Technical Diploma: 48 Weeks, 50 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

Diesel equipment technicians repair and maintain electronic controlled diesel engines, air conditioning systems, electronic controlled air brake systems and drive lines that power heavy-duty trucks, buses, and construction equipment. Upon graduation from the Diesel Equipment Mechanic program, you will have the skills to service any type of diesel-powered equipment including stationary power and all styles of off-road equipment.

Experts estimate a current shortage of 45,000 diesel technicians nationwide and growing. Wages continue to rise, with students starting at $12-15 per hour in our area. Students normally have a variety of jobs to choose from after graduation.

Program Description

Diesel technicians with advanced diagnostic troubleshooting and analysis skills are in demand. Fox Valley Technical College offers you a unique experience: our fleet of 60 diesel powered tractors puts you "in the shop" every day dealing with customer and vehicle complaints. This environment builds technical expertise and helps you learn the sophisticated equipment used to diagnose and correct problems.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements


  • An ACCUPLACER Reading score of 47 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course is a prerequisite to first term core courses.
  • Tools are provided for core program courses.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Mechanic program will:

  • Earn the following certifications:
    - Federal Annual Inspection Certification
    - Federal Air Brake Inspection Certification
    - State and Federal Air Conditioning Certification
  • Interpret and understand Federal Department of Transportation rules on air brakes and annual inspection standards.
  • Learn skills to make cost effective maintenance and repair decisions.
  • Demonstrate preventative maintenance and component inspection skills.
  • Demonstrate how to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair truck chassis components, air brakes and engines.
  • Understand electrical theory and apply concepts to efficiently troubleshoot electrical components.
  • Demonstrate how to perform preventative maintenance scheduling and keep repair records.
  • Demonstrate how to perform engine maintenance, tune-ups, fuel system repairs and major engine overhauls.
  • Demonstrate how to measure truck chassis alignment angles.
  • Acquire the knowledge to pass the ASE Truck Technician certification tests.
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and repair drive train components.
  • Explain air conditioning theory and apply concepts to efficiently troubleshoot air conditioning components.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Math, auto mechanics, machine shop, welding, applied science, physics, and drafting prepare you to enter this program.

Student Success

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Mike Farrell at (920) 993-5118 or visit the department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program