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Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician
Program Number: 314128
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
48 Credits | Finish diploma in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Obtain the entry-level skills you need to get started in a high demand career. The Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program will prepare you for employment as a diesel truck technician working in a truck dealership, fleet maintenance or an independent repair shop. As a student in this four-semester technical diploma, you will learn to diagnose, service, and repair the following:

    • Diesel engines and fuel systems
    • After treatment and emission systems
    • Electrical and electronic systems
    • Steering and suspension systems
    • Air and hydraulic brake systems
    • Drivetrain systems
    • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems
    • Hydraulic systems

    You will also:

    • Learn workplace safety standards.
    • Develop relationships with industry partners.
    • Perform preventive maintenance inspections on major diesel systems.
    • Utilize current Original Equipment Manufacturer diagnostic software and service information.
    • Learn effective customer service skills for the diesel industry.
    • Work on medium and heavy-duty trucks and trailers in a simulated shop environment.

    The program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation at the highest level of accreditation, Master Truck Service Technology. Program faculty and staff are ASE Certified as Master Medium-Heavy Truck Technicians, Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialists, and Truck Equipment Technicians.

    Program Details​

    Students in the Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program attend full-time.

    Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.

    Diesel Truck Technician Careers

    Earning your two-year technical diploma in the Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

    • Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck 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

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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Second Semester
    Third/Summer Semester
    1 credit
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fifth Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    4 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

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2025

    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
    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    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 or 608.246.6210.

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    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician career.

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  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck 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.
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