Printed on 8/3/2021

Diesel Engine Service Technician (FABTECH)

31-412-7 Technical Diploma (TD)
Full Time
40 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Oshkosh

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

About the FABTECH Program

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There is a shortage of skilled diesel engine specialists. This program will provide you with the skills required to perform engine overhauls, testing, fuel system repairs and diagnostics on Caterpillar® diesel engines. In less than a year, you could be on the job earning a good income at [Fabick Cat](, your exclusive Cat Dealer for the entire state of Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and throughout major portions of Missouri and Illinois. This technical diploma is one of two required. The 40 credits earned in this program are applied to either the Diesel Construction Equipment Service Technician program or the Diesel Power Generation & Marine Service Tech program.

Career Opportunities

  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Technician
  • Fleet Mechanic
  • General Repair Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Service Technician
  • Truck Mechanic


Estimated Program Cost

Diesel Engine Service Technician (FABTECH)

This program will cost about $7,265.50*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $30.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $712.50*.

* 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 Engine Service Technician (FABTECH)

Term Fall 2021 Spring 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

    High School Transcript

    Submit a final, official high school transcript or an official copy of GED/HSED certification scores.

    FABICK Release of Information

    Print and complete the Release of Information form; If the applicant is under 18 years of age, the parent and/or legal guardian signature is also required; Completed forms should be submitted to: Attn: FABTECH Admissions, FVTC, 3601 Oregon St, Oshkosh, WI 54902.

    FABICK Personal Interview

    After all required documents are received, FABICK will schedule a personal interview with selected applicants to determine eligibility into the program.

  • 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
    • 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 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.
  • Additional Information

    This technical diploma is part of the FABTECH program through the partnership FVTC has with Fabick Cat. All students in the FABTECH program start in the Diesel Engine Service Technician technical diploma. Upon completion of that program, you are guided by your instructors and Fabick Cat 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, you have the option to pursue the Individualized Technical Studies-FABTECH associate degree.

    [Learn more about FABTECH and Fabick Cat](

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Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs, so you can get the right training at the right time in your career.

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