Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Stories

One Degree, Many Options: Diesel Equipment Technology

One Degree, Many Options: Diesel Equipment Technology

Fall 2013

Nathan Wachtendonk has always enjoyed working on different types of diesel engines. Now, those vital skills are leading to other rewarding career opportunities.

The Appleton native enrolled in Fox Valley Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program in 2000. After graduating, Wachtendonk then worked for Michels Corporation for eight years, first as a field service technician and later as a manager of mechanics on large construction sites across the country. Today, at age 32, he is the fleet manager for the City of Green Bay.

Wachtendonk firmly believes that FVTC provided him with a foundation to be a manager, as well as the skills to be a good mechanic. “I gained real-life experience working on Fox Valley Tech’s fleet of equipment,” he says. “Today, I’m responsible for managing 12 mechanics and supervising the maintenance of more than 500 pieces of equipment. We put in long hours in the winter, but I really like where I’m at. They’d have to offer me the mayor’s job to get me to do anything else!”

Quick Facts:

  • 100% graduate employment for FVTC Diesel Equipment Technology graduates, six years running.
  • Nearly 300 career postings for diesel technicians in the region throughout the year, according to TechConnect, a statewide online employment information system for recruiting Wisconsin Technical College System students and graduates.

FVTC President's Blog


FVTC Social Media

Connect With Us banner

New This Week

Student & Alumni Spotlight

OTA Students Visit State Capitol

OTA Students Visit State Capitol

Oct 17, 2017

Students from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program spent October 12 at "OT Day at the ...

Welcome, International Students

Welcome, International Students

Sep 12, 2017

Thirty-nine new international students are studying this academic year at Fox Valley Technical ...

Congrats Dean’s List Students

Congrats Dean’s List Students

Aug 1, 2017

Fox Valley Technical College announces its latest Dean’s List.

Featured Photos

Featured Videos

Fall 2017 Focus Magazine

Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, with features highlighting students, alumni & employers in Digital Marketing, Engineering, Paralegal and much more.

Fall 2017 Focus Magazine

Upcoming Events

20 Nov 2017

Open Registration for Winterim & Spring Terms

Open Registration for Winterim & Spring Terms

Community class registration opens Monday, Nov. 20.

21 Nov 2017

On Campus: Concordia University

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Appleton Campus Commons

On Campus: Concordia University

Thinking of transferring to Concordia University?

23 Nov 2017

28 Nov 2017

On Campus: UW Fox Valley

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Appleton Campus Commons

On Campus: UW Fox Valley

Thinking of transferring to UW Fox Valley?

29 Nov 2017

On Campus: Lakeland University

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Appleton Campus Commons

On Campus: Lakeland University

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland University?

29 Nov 2017

Mock Interviews - Clintonville

4 - 7 p.m. | Clintonville Regional Center

Mock Interviews - Clintonville

Wednesday, Nov. 29, Clintonville Regional Center

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: