Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Two Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 324121

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 National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) 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 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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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Admission

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. 

Questions?

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

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.

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.
Careers

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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    54
    Tuition
    $7371.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $2123.36
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $9494.36
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 5 8 2
    Number of Surveys Sent 5 8 2
    Number of Surveys Returned 5 5 1
    Percent of Surveys Returned 100.00% 62.50% 50.00%
    Available for Employment 5 5 1
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 5 5 1
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 3 4 1
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 60.00% 80.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 20.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 1 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 2.6 3.2 4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 5 5 1
    Very Satisfied 0 1 1
    Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 20.00% 100.00%
    Satisfied 4 4 0
    Percent Satisfied 80.00% 80.00% 0.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 5 1
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 1 0
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 60.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Career Change 0 1 0
    Percent Career Change 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2 2 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 40.00% 40.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 20.00% 100.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 5 0
    Before Enrollment 1 1 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 25.00% 20.00%
    While Attending the College 3 1 0
    Percent While Attending the College 75.00% 20.00%
    After Training at the College 0 3 0
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 60.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 5 5 1
    In College District 4 4 1
    Percent In College District 80.00% 80.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 4 1
    Average Monthly Wage $3,741 $2,980 $5,160
    Average Hourly Wage $21.75 $17.33 $30.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 46.7 46 80
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 107 335
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 2 20
    Total Jobs 109 355
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Adam Forster Self-Employed Columbus

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