School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Two Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 324121


Students who choose the Associate Degree Path (AAS) also 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.

In the Diesel program(s) at Madison Area Technical College:

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.

This program works with an active advisory committee made up of over 30 local industry businesses, with idustry partners throughout Wisconsin.

Madison College is one of the top five diesel schools in the nation, according to SkillsUSA

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

This program is not offered online.

Diesel Techs


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

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 or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

2 credits

Third Semester
Fourth Semester

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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