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 Equipment Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 104121


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


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 or (608) 246-6210.


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.

Pre-Program Course

First Semester

Second Semester

Third/Summer Semester

Fourth Semester

Fifth Semester

3 credits


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.

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.

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