Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Technical Diploma
32-412-1

Diesel and heavy equipment technicians repair and maintain transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks, buses, locomotives, ships, and automobiles; construction equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, and road graders; and farm equipment such as tractors and combines. Many technicians perform a broad range of repairs from engines to electrical systems. Others specialize in repairs such as fuel and starting systems. Diesel and Heavy equipment technicians use a variety of computerized testing equipment to pinpoint and analyze malfunctions as well as numerous power and hand tools to perform repairs.

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Program is a two-year program providing job entry skills in service and repair of transportation, construction, industrial, and farm equipment. In addition to providing a foundation in the latest diesel technologies, the program improves skills needed to interpret technical manuals and communicate with coworkers and customers. Students in the program develop a broad base of skills, allowing them to enter the large and ever-expanding field of diesel and heavy equipment service and repair.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the diesel and heavy equipment service industries.
  • Perform preventive maintenance inspections on diesel and heavy equipment systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of diesel engines.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of diesel and heavy equipment steering and suspension systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of diesel and heavy equipment brake systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of diesel equipment and electrical/electronic systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of gasoline engines.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of diesel and heavy equipment drive train systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of diesel and heavy equipment heating and air conditioning systems.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic Apprentice
  • Engine Maintenance Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Service Engine Repairer
  • Tune-up Mechanic
  • Industrial and Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Truck Mechanic

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
070-318 Drive Train Service 4
412-310 Brake Service Fundamentals 4
412-311 Truck Steering & Suspension 4
804-306 Shop Mathematics I 2
 Credits14
Semester 2
070-321 Heating, Cooling and Air Conditioning 3
070-341 Electrical Fundamentals 4
412-342 Electrical Systems Troubleshooting 4
806-315 Applied Science 2
 Credits13
Semester 3
070-308 Engine Fundamentals 4
412-305 Advanced Safety Procedures 1
412-306 Diesel Engine Service Repair I 3
412-307 Diesel Engine Service Repair II 3
412-349 Equipment Welding 2
801-311 Communication 2
 Credits15
Semester 4
070-340 Hydraulics 1 2
070-342 Hydraulics 2 2
412-304 Diesel Fuel Systems 4
412-308 NAETF Certification Review 1
412-347 Inspection & Maintenance Procedures 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits55

General Education Courses Within Program

801-311Communication2
804-306Shop Mathematics I2
806-315Applied Science2

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Career Path (PDF).