Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology

Fuel your career with hands-on experience servicing medium and heavy-duty trucks. The trucking industry is growing, along with job opportunities for skilled technicians.

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On the road to a great career!

If you're interested in a career repairing and servicing medium and heavy duty trucks, then this program is for you. Academic courses, theory courses and laboratory experiences are designed to promote success in the diesel technology repair field. You will get hands-on experience repairing late model, medium and heavy duty trucks.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $27k med: $40k high: $66k

What are my career choices?

Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 11 percent from 2006 to 2016. Additional trucks and truck repairers will be needed to keep pace with the increasing volume of freight shipped nationwide. Graduates of the Diesel Technology program find employment in new truck dealerships, fleets, municipalities, independent repair facilities, specialty shops and agricultural repair shops.

Diesel Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Heavy Duty Brake Mechanic $39,743
Undercarriage Mechanic $39,743
Diesel Engine Mechanic $39,743
Diesel Steering and Suspension Mechanic $39,743
Electrical/Electronics Systems Mechanic $39,743
Heavy Duty Train Mechanic $39,743
Mobile Air Conditioning Mechanic $39,743
Preventive maintenance Mechanic $39,743
Agriculture Equipment Mechanic Helper $39,743
Construction Equipment Mechanic Helper $39,743
Agricultural Technician $30,729
Diesel Mechanics Assistant $39,743
Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanic Helper $39,743
Agriculture Equipment Technician $30,729

What classes do I have to take?

Some of the courses you will take include Basic Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration, Cooling and Dehumidification, Heating and Humidification, HVAC Electricity and Electrical Components.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers

If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Western Kentucky University has a completer degree with courses offered either online or in Hardin County.

Diploma Options

Certificate Options

To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.

Other Important Information

This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and all instructors are Dual Master Certified ASE Technicians.

Where do I start?

Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or COMPASS exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.

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Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.


Program Contact

Jerry Clemons
Diesel Technology Technology
Program Coordinator