Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel/Heavy Vehicle program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to service and repair diesel powered equipment. 

Through in-depth lectures, class discussions, and detailed textbooks, students gain a broad understanding of diesel theory and the fundamentals of diesel technology, learning about the design, function, and operating principles of the diesel engine and its integrated sub-systems. Each student will strengthen their comprehension in Math and English, while developing critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills through written assignments and term projects.

In the laboratory, students observe live demonstrations and acquire hands-on training using modern test equipment and specialized tools as they learn how to inspect, troubleshoot, service, and repair diesel engines, diesel fuel systems, brake systems, electrical systems, electronic systems, steering and suspension systems, chassis components, power trains, mobile hydraulic systems, mobile refrigeration systems, and air conditioning systems. Students will also learn how to properly interpret schematics and how to perform proper preventive maintenance procedures.

By disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling diesel engines and their integrated sub-systems, using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, schematics, wiring diagrams, multi-meters, gauges, power tools, and hand tools, students gain valuable hands-on experience in diesel engine rebuilds and tune-ups. Students are given the opportunity to overhaul engines found in today’s agricultural equipment, tractor trailers, and off-road construction equipment.

Students will also be expected to utilize teamwork, shop safety, and effective time management, as they complete every assigned task given to them by their instructors with speed and proficiency, developing strong analytical and technical skills while strengthening their mechanical aptitude. Work ethics, professionalism, and maintaining a positive workplace attitude will also be stressed throughout the Diesel/Heavy Vehicle program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. 

The Diesel Equipment Technology Associate Degree

The Diesel Equipment Technology Associate Degree program is made up of the following career-specific classes:

  • Diesel Lab Operations Technology
  • Internal Combustion Engine Technology
  • Diesel Engine Service-Fundamentals
  • Diesel Electrical Systems I
  • Diesel-Chassis/Suspension/Steer Technology
  • Diesel-Brake Systems Technology
  • Diesel Preventive Maintenance Technology
  • Diesel-Electrical Systems Technology
  • Diesel-Electric Engine System Technology
  • Diesel Engine Systems Technology
  • Diesel-Mobile Hydraulic Systems Technology
  • Diesel-Schematic Interpret Technology
  • Hydraulics Technology
  • CDL License Training
  • Diesel Engine Troubleshoot Technology
  • Diesel-Power Trains Technology
  • Diesel-Refrigeration/AC Technology

Students are also required to take English Composition I, College Mathematics, Oral/Interpersonal Communication, Race Ethnic & Diversity, Psychology of Human Relations, Technical Reporting, and Contemporary American Society in order to fulfill the 69 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students must finish every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Equipment and Heavy Equipment Technician Technical Diploma*

The Diesel Equipment and Heavy Equipment Technician Technical Diploma program is made up of the following career-relevant courses:

  • Diesel Lab Operations Tech
  • Internal Combustion Eng Technology
  • Diesel Engine Service Fund
  • Diesel Electrical Systems I Technology
  • Power Generation I
  • Welding-Metal Working Proc
  • Diesel-Chassis/Suspension/Steer Technology
  • Diesel-Brake Systems Technology
  • Diesel Preventive Maint Technology
  • Diesel-Elect Systems Technology
  • Diesel-Electric Eng System Technology
  • Diesel Engine Systems Technology
  • Diesel-Mobile Hydraulic Systems Technology
  • Diesel-Schematic Interpret Technology
  • Diesel-Track Drive Systems Technology
  • Diesel Equip Service/Maintenance Technology
  • Hydraulics Technology
  • Diesel Engine Troubleshoot Technology
  • Diesel-Power Trains Technology
  • Diesel-Refrigeration/AC Technology

Students are also required to take Micro: Windows/Computer Basics, College Mathematics, Communicating-Writing, CDL License Training, Contemporary American Society, and Communicating Effectively in order to fulfill the 66 credit hour requirements of the Technical Diploma program. To be eligible for graduation, students are required to complete each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Diesel Equipment Jobs

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Equipment Mechanic program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will be equipped with the knowledge and training needed to successfully pass the ASE certification exams and state licensure tests, before securing entry-level employment as qualified construction equipment technicians, engine technicians, farm equipment technicians, fuel injection technicians, service technicians, or truck driver/diesel technicians. With additional training and/or work experience, some graduates may go on to become diesel equipment mechanic instructors, diesel shop owners, sales representatives, shop supervisors, technical service representatives, or truck fleet operators. 

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 Wisconsin was $42,710 yearly and $20.54 hourly, just 5% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree and Technical Diploma

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Equipment Technology. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College also offers a two-year Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Technical Diploma. 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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