Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Technical Diploma

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As a diesel and heavy equipment technician, you’ll help keep business and industry moving by diagnosing and repairing diesel engines, heavy trucks, and heavy equipment. Our hands-on program covers the power trains, electrical/electronic systems, chassis systems, brakes, and hydraulics of this equipment. Students learn the latest technology used in the industry. Our interdisciplinary approach draws from welding and general studies to provide a solid background for entry into the field through applied, general, and specialized training. Most students compete the course in 21 months. Graduates have excellent career opportunities in a secure and rewarding field.

Classes are held at Western's state-of-the-art Truck and Heavy Equipment Facility, located in La Crosse's industrial park, 2719 Larson Street. Check our maps page for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

This program will cost about $9,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding10
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education3
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week45
Median Hourly Wage$18.10
Hourly Wage Range$13.50 - $19.00
Median Annual Salary$39,520.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Diesel Technician; Dick's Pallet Works, La Crosse, WI
  • Diesel Technician; Fabick Cat, La Crosse, WI
  • Diesel Technician; St Joseph Equipment Inc., Eyota, MN
  • Heavy Equipment Technician; West Side Tractor Sales Co, Waconda, IL
  • Machinery Maintenance; Thewis Farms, Cochrane, WI
  • Mechanic; La Crosse Truck Center, La Crosse, WI
  • Mechanic; River City Ready Mix, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Diesel Technician
Diesel Mechanic
Field Service Technician
Fleet Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in their course of study.
  • Project a professional image by acts of timeliness, cleanliness, honesty and acceptance of responsibility for actions taken.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, attentive listening skills and the ability to foster personal relationships.
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspect, diagnose, service and repair major systems related to the diesel transportation and heavy equipment industry.
  • Practice personal work habits through compliance with all company, brand/vehicle, OSHA and environmental policies.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements


ACT: 16


ACT: 16


ACT: 18

Gainful Employment


The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).


Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

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