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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician
Program Number: 324121
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
54 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$7,614.00 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College is one of the top five diesel schools in the nation, according to SkillsUSA. MATC's Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program works with an active advisory committee made up of over 30 local industry businesses, with industry partners throughout Wisconsin. Students who choose the Associate Degree Path (AAS) will put in 432 hours of work as a PAID intern with one of our industry partners, gaining more hands-on, real-world experience and receiving a jumpstart on an excellent career.

    Students in Madison College's Diesel program learn real and relevant curriculum that meets and exceeds standards set by the ASE Education Foundation and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

    The Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program is certified by the ASE Education Foundation and by Automotive Service Excellence and holds master certification in medium/heavy duty trucks.

    As a student in the Diesel program, you will diagnose, service and repair:

    • Engines and heavy-duty fuel systems
    • After treatment and emissions systems
    • Transmissions, drivelines and brakes
    • Steering and suspension systems
    • Electrical and electronic systems
    • Hydraulic systems 
    • Air conditioning and transport refrigeration systems 

    You will also: 

    • Learn workplace safety standards.
    • Develop relationships with industry partners.
    • Perform preventive maintenance on major diesel systems.
    • Learn effective customer service skills for the diesel industry.
    • Work on diesel trucks in simulated shop environments.

    Program Details​

    Students in the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program can attend full time.

    Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
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    Earning your two-year technical diploma in the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:  

    • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
    • Fleet Maintenance Technician
    • Fuel Injection Technician
    • Alignment Specialist
    • Engine Rebuild Specialist

    With additional education and/or experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Service Writer or Manager
    • Shop Foreman
    • Team Leader
    • DOT Inspector
    • Factory Service Representative
    • Fleet Maintenance Manager
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Pre-Program Course
    A grade of C or better in Diesel Shop Skills Fundamentals is required as pre-requisite to courses in the program.
    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Third/Summer Semester
    Fourth Semester
    Fifth Semester
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2021

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program graduates are prepared to:  

    • Assess situations and formulate repair strategies that assume a proper, timely and cost-effective repair.
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude, attentive listening and the ability to work effectively in teams and incorporate feedback to promote personal relationships.
    • Demonstrate the ability to inspect, diagnose, service and repair major systems related to diesel transportation and the heavy equipment industry.
    • Practice personal work habits through compliance with all company, brand/vehicle, OSHA and environmental policies.
    • Project a professional image by acts of timeliness, cleanliness, honesty and acceptance of responsibility for your actions.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with customers, colleagues and supervisors.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 2 4 5
      Number of Surveys Sent 2 4 5
      Number of Surveys Returned 1 2 3
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 1 2 3
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 1 2 3
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 1 2 3
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 4 3 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 1 2 3
      Very Satisfied (4) 1 0 2
      Percent Very Satisfied 100.0% 0.0% 66.7%
      Satisfied (3) 0 2 1
      Percent Satisfied 0.0% 100.0% 33.3%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 1 2 3
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0 1 2
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.0% 50.0% 66.7%
      Career Change 0 0 1
      Percent Career Change 0.0% 0.0% 33.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 1 1 0
      Percent Personal Interest 100.0% 50.0% 0.0%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 2 3
      Before Enrollment 0 0 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 33.3%
      While Attending the College 0 2 2
      Percent While Attending the College 100.0% 66.7%
      After Training at the College 0 0 0
      Percent After Training at the College 0.0% 0.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 1 2 3
      In College District 1 2 3
      Percent In College District 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 1 3
      Average Monthly Wage $5,160 $3,440 $3,282
      Average Hourly Wage $30.00 $20.00 $19.08
      Average Work Hours per Week 80.0 40.0 58.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Alsum Transport Service Technician Friesland
      Fuch's Trucking Co. Diesel Technician Sauk City
      Lindner Land and Grain Farms Maintenance/Operator Briggsvile

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at

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