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Diesel Equipment Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 104121

Overview

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.

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

Students 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 

They also will: 

  • 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 industry 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 Equipment Technology program can attend full time.

Diesel Equipment Technology program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.

Diesel Techs


Admission

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. 

Questions?

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

Curriculum

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
Third/Summer Semester
Fourth Semester
Fifth Semester

3 credits

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 local job openings on TechConnect.