Printed on 11/26/2021

Diesel Equipment Mechanic

31-412-1 Technical Diploma (TD)
Full Time
34 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day and Evening
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Get the entry-level skills you need to get started in a high-demand career in commercial motor vehicle maintenance and repair. With this technical diploma, you’ll receive classroom theory and hands-on training in heavy-duty diesel engine maintenance, air and hydraulic brake systems, drivetrains, steering and suspensions, and electrical systems. You’ll have the opportunity to work on our fleet of over 75 diesel-powered over-the-road tractors and 55 trailers giving you a broad learning experience.

Career Opportunities

  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Technician
  • Fleet Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • General Repair Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Diesel Service Repair Technician


Estimated Program Cost

Diesel Equipment Mechanic

This program will cost about $6,226.80*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $559.92*.

Textbooks will cost about $258.39*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Diesel Equipment Mechanic

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Diagnose, repair and service brake systems
    • Diagnose, repair and service Electrical/Electronic Systems
    • Diagnose, repair and service Drive Train Systems
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    This program is certified by the ASE Education Foundation. ASE accredited programs ensure that the heavy vehicle service technician education is upheld to the highest quality learning standards set by industry experts. An ASE accredited program also prepares students for achieving Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
  • Additional Information
    Tools will be provided for use in the program.

    Students will be required to purchase uniform shirts ($120) and electrical supplies ($87).

    Optional CDL for diesel students is available.

    Earn certifications for Federal Annual Inspection, Federal Air Brake Inspection and Federal Air Conditioning.

    A minimum of three semesters will be required to complete this program. A summer semester is required to complete the program in one year.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

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