Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Gain experience with Diesel and Heavy Equipment technology.

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is designed to meet industry-specific needs. Our instructors seek to provide students with the foundation they need to apply for a career as a diesel technician. The robust, hands-on curriculum is complemented by enough theory to give students the conceptual background they need to tackle the challenges they will encounter in this rapidly evolving field. Our six-quarter program is designed around a series of four basic areas: Electrical Systems, Engines and Brakes, Powertrains, and Hydraulics and Steering and Suspension. After these four core quarters are completed, students move on to their fifth and sixth quarters, which are comprised of Advanced Application and Vehicle Service courses conducted in a live shop setting. In addition to the live shop, opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, and other work-based learning experiences abound.

Contact Information:

Jason Carroll, Career Advisor

South Campus

7:30AM - 4:00PM

  • Get the skills you need for the career you want.

More about the program:

Students prepare for employment in the diesel and heavy equipment industry, diagnosing, repairing, and rebuilding components of diesel-powered vehicles in an on-campus shop setting. Local industry training partnerships provide practical experience that enhances student instruction. Graduates may find employment as technicians in diesel and heavy duty apprenticeships, working with on/off highway trucks, construction equipment, hydraulics, material handling equipment, agricultural equipment, marine, and utilities. Customized training and scholarships are available.


Degrees & Certificates:

  • AAS: Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Certificate of Competency: Diesel Service Technician
  • Certificate of Training: Multiple Options
  • CIP: 47.0605

Program Lengths:

  • AAS program degree length: 6 Quarters
  • Certificate of Competency: 4 Quarters
  • Certificate of Training: 1 Quarter

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez



Lee Jefferson



Mike Sartore



Corey Vasquez



Angela Driver



Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

No eligibility requirements have been provided.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

  • National Median Salary: $53,370¬†
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 13,700

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on June 2021.

No accreditation or related information have been provided.

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