The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Program is a two-year diploma program for today’s diesel industry. Trucking is one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S., and all areas of the diesel industry are experiencing shortages of qualified technicians.
One out of seven people in Wisconsin work in the manufacture, distribution, maintenance or commercial use of motor vehicles. Agriculture and construction are other major portions of Wisconsin’s economy and need trained technicians to keep modern equipment up and running.
Students learn to repair engines, transmissions and drivelines, and electrical, electronic, hydraulic, fuel, brake, air conditioning and transport refrigeration systems; adjust suspensions and wheel alignments; and perform maintenance and tune-ups.
Students are trained in simulated shop environments and are evaluated for attendance, work quality, efficiency, safety, initiative and cooperation as if they were actual employees. A competency profile checklist is used to keep track of skills learned in the program. This program is certified by NATEF/ASE and holds master certification in medium/heavy duty trucks. The program is also certified as an Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) “TECH SMART” school. The Association of Diesel Specialists provides scholarships and program support.