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Diesel Engine Service Technician (FABTECH)
Program Code: 31-412-7

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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 42 Credits
FABTECH Service Technician Education Center, Oshkosh
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program find jobs with transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade industries, off road heavy equipment, rental store equipment and construction equipment. There is a shortage of skilled diesel engine specialists. Positions in which graduates might gain employment include mechanic, diesel mechanic, general repair mechanic, diesel technician, truck mechanic, fleet mechanic and service technician.

Program Description

The Diesel Engine Service Technician program is designed to provide students with the skills required to perform engine overhauls, testing, fuel system repairs, and diagnostics on Caterpillar® diesel engines. In addition, students will learn how to perform field service on Caterpillar® and Allied rental equipment. FABCO Equipment, Inc.-Caterpillar® intends to offer a job to and hire all students that successfully complete the program.

Note: This technical diploma is part of the FABTECH program through the partnership FVTC has with FABCO. All students in the FABTECH program start in the Diesel Engine Service Technician technical diploma. Upon completion of that program, students are directed by their instructors and FABCO representatives to enter into either the Diesel Construction Equipment Service Technician technical diploma or Diesel Power Generation & Marine Service Tech technical diploma. Upon completion of the two technical diplomas, students have the option to pursue the Individualized Technical Studies-FABTECH Associate Degree.

More Information about the FABTECH Program

Program/Plan Admission Requirements
  • FABCO screens each applicant. Students are admitted after they pass a face to face interview with FABTECH recruiters and FVTC instructors.
  • Reading score of 54 or greater, Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater, and Arithmetic score of 65 or greater or completion of Program Prep course.
  • Students must submit a Statement of Interest form, sign a Release of Information form, and send in a high school transcript.

Note: All tools and safety equipment are provided including uniforms.

Program Outcomes
  • Maintain Caterpillar diesel engines by completing inspections and preventive maintenance requirements, engine testing, diagnostics, and engine overhauling.
  • Repair Caterpillar equipment, including engines, using the latest tools and advanced diagnostic technology.
  • Use the Caterpillar service information system and complete service reports.
  • Perform scheduled and preventive maintenance procedures on Caterpillar heavy construction and Allied rental equipment.
  • Operate hand tools and shop equipment safely.
  • Use proper lifting and blocking procedures for a variety of equipment, following OSHA and MSHA laws and procedures.
  • Demonstrate the basic fundamentals of electrical systems needed to properly diagnose and repair complex electrical and electronic systems installed in Caterpillar equipment and rental service machines.
  • Demonstrate proper communication techniques, both oral and written, for customer service.
  • Apply basic hydraulic principles, schematics, and diagnostic procedures.

Program Offered at This Location
  • FABTECH Education Center—3729 Oregon Street (adjacent to S. J. Spanbauer Center)

Helpful High School Courses

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

Contact Us

For more information, contact Nancy Vanden Wymelenberg at (920) 232-6001 or visit

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