Program of Study

Students will receive training in Diesel engine repair, Diesel engine exhaust after-treatment systems, Electrical systems, Electronic engine controls, Preventive maintenance, Air brakes, Suspension and steering systems, Mechanical transmissions, Drive train, and Air conditioning/heating systems.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Hands on learning in a Diesel shop environment
  • Engine diagnostics and repair
  • Diesel engine exhaust aftertreatment
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Preventive maintenance programs
  • HD Air brake systems
  • Drive train systems
  • Climate control systems
  • Hydraulic system repair

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program

Careers Available

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared for an entry level position servicing and repairing Heavy equipment including but not limited to Semi Trucks and Trailers, Heavy equipment, Agricultural equipment and other Diesel powered equipment.

Jobs in the Industry:

  • Diesel Truck LD, MD, HD Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Bus Technician
  • Parts department Technician
  • Diesel shop Management – Service Manager, Parts Manager, Service Writer, etc.

Piedmont Triad Salary Ranges: $35,430 to $63,010 Average of $47,600

Hourly Ranges: $17.03 to $30.89 Average of $22.89

Projected Growth 2020-30 (State)*: Average (5% to 10%)

Projected Job Openings 2020-30(State)*: 28,100 jobs

Recommended Courses and Skills

Manual dexterity, analytical ability, and mechanical aptitude.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

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  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
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  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
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  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
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  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Associate in Applied Science Day A60460
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Diploma Day D60460 REVISED
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate Day C60460

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Program, contact Matthew Doub, Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3362 or