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Diesel Truck Technician Overview

Do you have good problem-solving skills and a talent for working with mechanical systems? The trucking industry is strong, which means the need for skilled technicians is also strong. CVTC offers a Diesel Truck Technician two-year technical diploma program. This program will prepare you to inspect, analyze, and repair heavy-duty trucks and equipment. You will receive hands-on training in truck repair.

The program will teach you how to diagnose and repair:

  • Diesel engines
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Drive train
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Preventive maintenance inspection

CVTC instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified Heavy Duty Truck Technicians with many years of trade and teaching experience.

Through the program, you will obtain the following DOT certifications:

  • 396.25 Brake Inspector
  • 396.19 Vehicle Inspector
  • Federal 609 Air Conditioning Certification
  • Class A CDL

Many employers require National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)/Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Department of Transportation certification. CVTC helps you meet those requirements, giving you an edge when it comes time to start your career.

Career Opportunities

Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Technician

Heavy Equipment Operator

Service Technician

Technician/Service Writer

Weld Associate

Graduate Employers

A-1 Express Trucking

All-Ways Transit, Inc

Badger Truck Refrigeration

Stout Trucking

Wisconsin Fleet Services

Wiskyvue Dairy

Just the Facts

Diesel Truck Technician
64 Credit Technical Diploma

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $13,800

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Diesel Truck Technician program.

Chassis Electrical
This course will study all aspects of electrical systems found on heavy-duty trucks. Battery testing, lighting, starting, charging, in-dash controls, schematic interpretation, and troubleshooting techniques using a digital multi-meter will be practiced.

Applied Mobile Hydraulics
The student will experience activities with basic hydraulic components including disassembly and assembly of valves, pumps, and cylinders. Servicing and preventive maintenance will be performed on trucks and other equipment.

Diesel Engine Overhaul
This course will study heavy-duty diesel engine rebuild, including diagnostic and disassembly procedures, evaluation of worn parts, component rebuilding, and reassembly and testing procedures including power concepts and dynamometer run-in.

Diesel Truck Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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91% of our recent Diesel Truck Technician graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Diesel Truck Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,529.


Regional Jobs

There are 112 job openings in the CVTC district for the Diesel Truck Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

The staff of CVTC were one of the best aspects of the school! The biggest thing they taught me was that there is no such thing as a stupid question. You are there to learn, therefore they not only expect questions, they want questions to be asked!

Diesel Truck Technician Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

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Truck Driving, Technical Diploma


Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The ASE Education Foundation strives to uphold quality and excellence in automotive service. It accredits qualified educational programs in schools (secondary and post-secondary) through its 5-Step Process, and offers student career development. Visit accreditation website.