Eastern Maine Community College

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Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment  

The Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment program at Eastern Maine Community College is provides students with a foundation in diesel theory, practical knowledge, and training in the engineering, troubleshooting, repairing, and routine maintenance of trucks and heavy equipment.

The Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), insuring that students will be taught very industry-specific material.

Students not only learn in the classroom, they also acquire practical hands-on training in the shop, as they diagnose, service, and repair diesel engines, fuel injection systems, on-board computers, transmissions, steering and suspension systems, brake systems, and mobile air conditioning systems, using sophisticated diagnostic machines, technical manuals, and hand tools

The Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment A.A.S. Degree*

The Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment Associate Degree program is made up of the following courses:

  • Shop Orientation and Safety I
  • Shop Orientation and Safety II
  • Shop Management
  • Heavy Equipment Braking Systems
  • Truck Braking Systems
  • Heavy Equipment Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Minor Repairs: Heavy Equipment/Truck
  • Heavy Equipment/Truck Drive Trains
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection
  • Diesel Engines
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Diesel Engine Diagnosis
  • Diesel Engine Tune-Up
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Automotive Machine Shop Principles
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding

Students in the Associate in Applied Science Degree program are also required to take College Composition, Technical Mathematics I, Technical Mathematics II, Social Science/Humanities/Communications, Chemistry or Applied Physics, and Oral Communications. Students must complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment Undergraduate Certificate*

The curriculum of the Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment Undergraduate Certificate program contains the following classes:

  • Shop Orientation and Safety I
  • Heavy Equipment/Truck Braking Systems
  • Heavy Equipment/Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Minor Repairs: Heavy Equipment/Truck
  • Heavy Equipment/Truck Drive Trains
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection

Students in the Undergraduate Certificate program are also required to take College Composition, Technical Mathematics I, and Social Science/Humanities/Communications. Algebra I is a required prerequisite for both programs. In order to graduate, students must complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment program at Eastern Maine Community College will have what it takes to secure an entry-level position as heavy equipment technicians, sales personnel, service managers, service writers, maintenance supervisors, parts specialists, and warranty claim adjusters.

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Maine was $39,950 yearly and $19.21 hourly, just 12% lower than the national average.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Eastern Maine Community College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment. Eastern Maine Community College also offers a 9-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment with an emphasis in Heavy Truck and Equipment Systems. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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