Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 324121

Credits: 54

Area of Study: Transportation

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $7,614.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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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To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.


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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates245
    Number of Surveys Sent245
    Number of Surveys Returned123
    Percent of Surveys Returned50.0%50.0%60.0%
    Available for Employment123
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market000
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed123
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation123
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment000
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)433.7
    Number of Satisfaction Responses123
    Very Satisfied (4)102
    Percent Very Satisfied100.0%0.0%66.7%
    Satisfied (3)021
    Percent Satisfied0.0%100.0%33.3%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses123
    Preparation for Getting a Job012
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.0%50.0%66.7%
    Career Change001
    Percent Career Change0.0%0.0%33.3%
    Improvement of Existing Skills000
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education000
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Personal Interest110
    Percent Personal Interest100.0%50.0%0.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses023
    Before Enrollment001
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%33.3%
    While Attending the College022
    Percent While Attending the College100.0%66.7%
    After Training at the College000
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%0.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses123
    In College District123
    Percent In College District100.0%100.0%100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District000
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count113
    Average Monthly Wage$5,160$3,440$3,282
    Average Hourly Wage$30.00$20.00$19.08
    Average Work Hours per Week80.040.058.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Bobcat Diesel/Hydraulic Technician
    Fuch's Trucking Co. Heavy Equipment Technician Sauk City

    * - 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