Diesel Technology


Fuel your career with hands-on experience servicing medium and heavy-duty trucks. The trucking industry is growing, along with job opportunities for skilled technicians.

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What is Diesel Technology?

The Diesel Technology Program prepares students to become Diesel Service Technicians. Students gain skills to analyze malfunctions and to rebuild and maintain construction equipment. Additionally, students learn electronic engine diagnostic repairs using the latest electronic equipment and manufacturing software from Caterpillar and Cummins.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
low: $27k med: $40k high: $66k

What are my career choices?

Diesel service technicians and mechanics are employed in almost every industry, particularly those that use trucks, buses, and equipment to haul, deliver, and transport materials, goods, and people. The largest employer is the truck transportation industry. Nearly every area of the country employs diesel service technicians and mechanics, although most work is found in towns and cities where trucking companies, bus lines, and other fleet owners have large operations.

Diesel Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
Heavy Duty Brake Mechanic $39,743
Undercarriage 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
Agricultural Technician $30,729
Diesel Mechanics Assistant $39,743
Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanic Helper $39,743
Agriculture Equipment Technician $30,729

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?



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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.


Program Contact

Aaron Brooks
Diesel Technology Technology
Instructor/Program Coordinator