Diesel Equipment Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 104121

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 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 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

​Explore financial aid eligibility for Diesel Equipment Technology.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Diesel Techs


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 2018-2019 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 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.
Careers

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.

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    65
    Tuition
    $8872.50
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $2281.50
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $11154.00
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 7 9 10
    Number of Surveys Sent 7 9 10
    Number of Surveys Returned 5 5 4
    Percent of Surveys Returned 71.40% 55.60% 40.00%
    Available for Employment 5 5 4
    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 4
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 5 5 4
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 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

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.6 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 5 5 4
    Very Satisfied 0 3 2
    Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 60.00% 50.00%
    Satisfied 5 2 2
    Percent Satisfied 100.00% 40.00% 50.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 5 4
    Preparation for Getting a Job 2 3 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.00% 60.00% 50.00%
    Career Change 1 0 0
    Percent Career Change 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 1 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 20.00% 50.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 1 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    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 5 5 2
    Before Enrollment 1 1 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 20.00% 20.00% 50.00%
    While Attending the College 3 1 0
    Percent While Attending the College 60.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    After Training at the College 1 3 1
    Percent After Training at the College 20.00% 60.00% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 5 5 4
    In College District 3 4 4
    Percent In College District 60.00% 80.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 1 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 40.00% 20.00% 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 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 5 4
    Average Monthly Wage $3,356 $2,773 $3,851
    Average Hourly Wage $19.51 $16.12 $22.39
    Average Work Hours per Week 43.2 45 53
    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 10 269
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 0 21
    Total Jobs 10 290
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Fuchs Trucking Diesel Technician Sauk City
    Jerry Hepp Excavating Inc Truck Driver/Mechanic/Operator Watertown
    Miller Bradford & Risberg Inc Heavy Equipment Technician Deforest
    River City Truck Repair Diesel Technician Watertown

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu