Diesel & Heavy Equipment Overview

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Overview

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Program Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree enables graduates to enter the job market as heavy duty truck mechanics, Diesel engine specialists, fuel injection service technician, or heavy tractor mechanic. The program focuses on providing the technical knowledge and skills needed for success in the heavy equipment / Diesel engine industry. Students in this program study the following core of courses:

  • Brake systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Engine performance
  • Engine repair
  • Suspension and steering
  • Automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains
  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Preventative Maintenance

The objective of this program is to prepare Diesel engine technicians in the areas of basic diagnosis/repair of Diesel engines using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information of heavy equipment systems. Graduates may pursue careers in areas such as Diesel engines in heavy duty trucks over one ton classification, buses, ships, railroad locomotives, and equipment, as well as stationary Diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment.

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Program  at A-B Tech prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain diesel engines in vehicles such as Heavy Duty Trucks over one ton classification, buses, ships, railroad locomotives, and equipment, as well as stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment.

Career Opportunities in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Industry

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A.A.S. Degree

2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $20/hr; $41,000/yr
Diesel Engine Specialist
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

Diploma

2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $16.50/hr
Bus and Truck Mechanic
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

Certificate

2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $14.50/hr
Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

How To Apply

  • Choose your credential:
    • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology A.A.S.,
    • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Diploma, or
    • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate
  • Apply to A-B Tech online here.
  • Apply for the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Program in person at the Bailey Building, Asheville Main Campus.

 

Basic Skills for Success as a Diesel Mechanic or Technician

Diesel engines are an important part of the economy and diesel engine mechanics and technicians play an essential role in their maintenance. By becoming a trained Diesel Mechanic, an individual can enter a dynamic and growing field with excellent salary and growth options!

Companies are seeking to hire certified diesel mechanics to diagnose, repair, and maintain diesel engines. Some basic skills needed to be successful in the diesel engine industry include (but are not limited to):

  • Proficiency in basic math and reading
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability
  • Self-discipline to carry out precision work to industry standards
  • Good physical condition and coordination
  • Commitment to life-long learning to keep pace with new technology
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair defective parts in mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems
  • Use computers to diagnose equipment and research information
  • Select and use precision tools such as torque wrenches, micrometers, dial indicators, tap and dies, and bore gauges
  • Apply safe work habits and practices
  • Maintain a professional attitude under challenging work conditions

For More Information Contact:

David Walker
Department Chair, Transportation Technologies

Master A.S.E. Certified Automobile Technician
Master A.S.E. Certified Heavy Truck Technician
Phone: 828-398-7223
davidwwalker@abtech.edu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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