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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

  • Technical Diploma - Two Years
  • Program Code: 32-412-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Rail Car Repairers
  • Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors

If you have a talent for working with mechanical systems and good problem-solving skills, the Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technician (Truck Technician) Program could be a good match for you.

As a graduate, you would inspect, analyze, and repair heavy trucks and equipment. Many employers require NATEF/ASE and Department of Transportation certification. The Diesel Truck Technician Program at CVTC helps you meet those requirements, giving you an edge when it comes time to start your career.

Your instructors are ASE Certified Heavy Duty Truck Technicians with many years of trade and teaching experience. Your program will include instruction in several core areas, all required for NATEF/ASE certification:

  • Diesel engines
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Preventive maintenance inspection
  • Drive train
  • HVAC heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

All students graduate from the program with DOT certifications as a 396.25 Brake Inspector and 396.19 Vehicle Inspector.

The job outlook is very good for people with strong technical skills who complete formal training in diesel mechanics. This program offers the training you need for a competitive edge toward starting your career!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 63
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 62 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 40 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

Additional Requirements

Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical/Physical Requirement form.

Results of controlled substance testing must be submitted before starting classes.

Verification of valid driver's license

  • Applicant must possess a valid driver's license through the duration of the program.
  • CVTC will periodically check with the student to verify if she/he possesses a valid license.
  • Once enrolled in the program, the student is responsible for informing the instructor on the next school day if a loss of license occurs.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.