Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant | Western Technical College

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant

Technical Diploma

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For the person who enjoys working with large equipment in a shop setting, the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant technical diploma combines knowledge of truck and heavy equipment repair, shop safety and industry practices, diesel engine components, fundamentals of electrical systems, transportation welding, and use of online service information. Graduates of this program work in truck and heavy equipment repair shops and are able to assist experienced technicians and perform basic entry level tasks and repairs. This course of study allows for a seamless transition into the second year of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician technical diploma program for additional career opportunities and earning potential.

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.

*Please note that the delivery method for fall courses may change as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant

This program will cost about $5,400* 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 Assistant 2018-2019 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding11
Employed in Related Occupation0
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education10
Not in Labor Market10

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Career Opportunities

Diesel Mechanic
Fleet Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Diagnose major systems in diesel and heavy equipment industry
  • Repair major systems in diesel and heavy equipment industry
  • Service major systems in diesel and heavy equipment industry
  • Practice personal and professional work habits
  • Document complaint, cause and correction

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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 Assistant

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