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Diesel Equipment Technology
Program Number: 104121
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
65 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College is one of the top five diesel schools in the nation, according to SkillsUSA. Our Diesel Equipment Technology 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 also 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 the Diesel program at Madison Area Technical College 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 NATEF/ASE and holds master certification in medium/heavy-duty trucks.

    As a student in the Diesel Equipment Technology 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 Equipment Technology program can attend full time.

    Diesel Equipment Technology program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
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    Earning your associate degree in the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:  

    • Diesel Equipment Technician
    • Electronic Systems Diagnostic Specialist
    • Engineering Assistant
    • Field Service Representative
    • Assistant Service Manager
    • Fleet Maintenance Manager

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

    • Service Writer or Manager
    • Shop Foreman
    • Team Leader
    • DOT Inspector
    • Factory Service Representative
    • Equipment Sales Specialist
    • Research and Development Technician

    Trucking is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. In Wisconsin, one out of seven people work in the manufacture, distribution, maintenance or commercial use of motor vehicles.

    The trucking industry requires trained technicians to keep modern equipment up and running.

    All areas of the diesel industry are experiencing shortages of qualified technicians.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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.
    2 credits
    First Semester
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third/Summer Semester
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    Fifth Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • 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.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    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
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    • 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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    Madison College students with an associate of applied science in this program who transfer to UW-Platteville will transfer in with articulated general education transfer credit, 12 credits of 1000T Industrial Studies credits, and 15 credits of 3000T Industrial Studies credits. The 27 credits of Industrial Studies electives will be applied to the Industrial Technology Management (ITM) major. Students will then complete the baccalaureate degree requirements at UW-Platteville including all remaining general education requirements and major requirements.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Diesel Equipment Technology 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 effectively communicate with customers, colleagues and supervisors. 
    • Demonstrate applications of technical knowledge to other technologies and disciplines.
    • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems.
    • Exhibit the self-management and study skills necessary to succeed in increasingly challenging academic environments. 
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 6 1 3
      Number of Surveys Sent 6 1 3
      Number of Surveys Returned 4 1 2
      Percent of Surveys Returned 66.70% 100.00% 66.70%
      Available for Employment 4 1 2
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 4 1 2
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 3 1 2
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3 3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 4 1 2
      Very Satisfied (4) 2 0 0
      Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Satisfied (3) 1 1 2
      Percent Satisfied 25.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 25.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 4 1 2
      Preparation for Getting a Job 3 1 2
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 75.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      Career Change 1 0 0
      Percent Career Change 25.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Personal Interest 0 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 1 2
      Before Enrollment 0 0 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 50.00%
      While Attending the College 3 1 1
      Percent While Attending the College 75.00% 100.00% 50.00%
      After Training at the College 1 0 0
      Percent After Training at the College 25.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 4 1 2
      In College District 3 1 2
      Percent In College District 75.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 1 2
      Average Monthly Wage $4,220 $3,268 $3,741
      Average Hourly Wage $24.53 $19.00 $21.75
      Average Work Hours per Week 48.3 40 42.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Diesel Forward Diesel Mechanic Windsor
      Lakeside International Trucks Service Technician

      * - 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 jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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