Diesel Equipment Technician

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Diesel Equipment Technician

Technical Diploma

58 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 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 medium and heavy duty over the road trucks. This hands-on program covers powertrains, electrical/electronics systems, chassis, suspension, hydraulics, air brakes, and diesel emissions.

Program Outcomes

Diesel 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.

A diesel technician analyzing a semi truck

Learn by doing.

A semi truck with its hood open in the shop

Exposure to current technology.

Students working at their own stations in a shop environment

Develop lifelong relationships.


The Diesel Equipment Technician program is available at the New Richmond campus. 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. 

Business Partnership

This program was developed in partnership with Hammond Truck and Trailer, a division of Russ Davis Wholesale.

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.

Required Courses

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

Explore the Required Courses

Featured Diesel Equipment Technician Courses

| 3 CR
This course is a practical study in performing diagnosis and repair of heavy truck braking systems. PEREQUISITE: 32412301 Diesel Safety and Industry Practices and 32070361 Diesel Engine Repair
| 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 Basic Engines.
| 5 CR
This course will provide a broad, general, and practical coverage of fluid power components and their design, application, operation, and maintenance. You will learn hydraulics operation by studying manufacturer’s service manuals as well as a prepared text. Lab projects will allow hands-on training. PREREQUISITE: 32070367 12 Volt Electrical Circuits and COREQUISITE: 32070339 Mobile Hydraulics Theory.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech 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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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Diesel Equipment Technician

58 Credits | 2 Years


$5,450 for tools, supplies and uniforms

*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 Northwood Tech Diesel Equipment Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Diesel Equipment Technician technical diploma.

Career Outlooks

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

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Hammond Truck & Trailer logo

Northwood Tech's Diesel Equipment Technician program is partnered with Hammond Truck and Trailer Repair, where students will spend their 2nd year of the program working. This experience will provide students with hands-on training in the shop. 

Hammond Truck and Trailer Repair is a locally owned and operated company. It is a division of Russ Davis Wholesale. 


Noregon and J-Pro Logo

Northwood Tech's Diesel Equipment Technician program is sponsored by Noregon Systems and Pepsi, allowing technicians to practice real-time diagnostic repair and become certified in using the J-Pro Aftermarket computer interface. 

River States Freightliner logo

Northwood Tech's Diesel Equipment Technician program is sponsored by River States Freightliner, providing students the opportunity to receive recognitions through Daimler for Freightliner and Western Star trucks using OEM software diagnostics. 


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Anna Kalin

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