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.
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
SalaryⓘBased 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|
|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|
|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
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Diesel Technology - Medium and Heavy Truck Technician Track
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.
- Western Kentucky University's Systems Management Transfer Degree
- Western Kentucky University's Technology Management Transfer Degree
- Diesel Engine Mechanic Certificate
- Diesel Mechanics Assistant Certificate
- Diesel Steering and Suspension Mechanic Certificate
- Electrical/Electronics Systems Mechanic Certificate
- Fluid Power Mechanic Certificate
- Heavy Duty Brake Mechanic Certificate
- Heavy Duty Drive Train Mechanic Certificate
- Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanic Helper Certificate
- Mobile Air Conditioning Mechanic Certificate
- Preventive Maintenance Mechanic Certificate
- Undercarriage Mechanic Certificate
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.
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.