Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant | Western Technical College

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant

Technical Diploma

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The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant technical diploma is the ideal choice for individuals who enjoy working with large equipment in a shop environment. This program provides a comprehensive foundation that includes knowledge of truck and heavy equipment repair, shop safety, industry best practices, diesel engine components, fundamentals of electrical systems, and the use of online service information.

With this degree, you will be well-prepared to embark on careers in truck and heavy equipment repair shops, capable of assisting experienced technicians and performing basic entry-level tasks and repairs. Additionally, this course of study offers a seamless transition into the second year of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician technical diploma program, opening doors to additional career opportunities and an increased earning potential. Whether you start your career as an assistant or choose to further your education, this program equips you with the essential skills and knowledge needed for success in the 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 interactive map for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant

This program will cost about $4,432* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

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Continuing Education22
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Career Opportunities

Diesel Mechanic
Fleet Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Diagnose, repair and service brake systems
  • Diagnose, repair and service Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Diagnose, repair and service Drive Train Systems

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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.

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