Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician

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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician

Unique in the State

Technical Diploma

57 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

If you're interested in diesel equipment and enjoy working with technology, consider the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program. Diesel technician skills can get you a career in a variety of positions such as diesel equipment technician, fleet maintenance technician, equipment mechanic and equipment technician, to name a few. 

Program Overview

This program prepares students to service and repair diesel-powered agricultural and industrial equipment. This hands-on program covers power trains, electrical/electronic systems, chassis systems, brakes and hydraulics of these types of equipment. Students learn the latest technology used in the industry. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the curriculum draws from welding and general studies skills providing a solid background for entry into the field through applied, general, specific industry skills training. 

Program Outcomes

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Diagnose major systems in diesel industry
  • Repair major systems in diesel industry
  • Service major systems in diesel equipment industry
  • Practice personal and professional work habits
  • Document complaint, cause and correction
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The majority of your classes will be conducted in the shop where you'll gain hands-on experience with diagnosing, repairing and analyzing diesel equipment.

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Learn by doing.

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Exposure to current technology.

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Develop lifelong relationships.


The Diesel and Heavy Equipment program is available at the WITC-New Richmond campus for the first year and a local trucking company for the second year. Within this program, you will gain a wealth of knowledge through classroom learning and in the shop. This program prepares you for the job market by exposing you to a real shop environment and hands-on learning. 

Unique in the State

There is no other program like this in Wisconsin. You'll gain a specific set of skills that employers in this field look for in an employee.

Connection with Industry

This program will provide you the opportunity to train directly for the skills employers are looking for within the diesel field. 

Hands-on Training

The majority of your classes will be conducted in the shop where you'll gain hands-on experience with diagnosing, repairing and analyzing diesel equipment.


Areas of study include diesel engines, hydraulics, powertrains, mobile HVAC and more. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Courses

| 2 CR
This course will introduce students to Ohm's law, electrical fundamentals, magnetism, and series and parallel circuits. Further studies will include automobile wiring diagrams, electrical test equipment, and basic troubleshooting.
| 1 CR
This course will provide the learner with a basic understanding of the diesel engine. The design and operating principles of the engine, cooling, fuel, intake, exhaust systems, and lubrication systems will be examined. COREQUISITE: 32070326 Engines 1.
| 2 CR
Instruction in safe setup and operation of plasma cutting (PAC), oxy-fuel cutting (OFC), SMAW (Stick), GMAW (Mig), FCAW, and/or GTAW (Tig) welding in applications related to general industry practices. Selection of appropriate welding processes with a specific emphasis on typical repair situations including metal identification will be stressed.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it! 

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician

57 Credits | 2 Years


Book costs are unavailable at this time. 

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician technical diploma.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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