Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Program Description

Diesel service technician jobs are in high demand and the heavy equipment industry is expecting significant growth this year, and in the years to come. Diesel engines are found in a variety of industries including trucking, farming, construction, power generation, railroad and marine applications to name a few. This drives a need for qualified professionals who can diagnose and repair these types of equipment. Assist in keeping these industries moving by enrolling in our Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program. CCC&TI’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program has partnered with Volvo Trucks and Vanguard Truck Centers in order to meet the expected demand for technicians in these high-tech and hands-on careers.

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Our experienced instructors will teach you how to inspect, diagnose, repair, service, and maintain medium and heavy-duty truck engines and systems found in locomotives, buses, ships, construction equipment, electricity generators, and trucks over one-ton classification, so you can ensure their safety and performance. After completion of our diesel and heavy equipment program, you will be able to:

  • use appropriate service information, tools, equipment, procedures, and technical terminology associated with the industry
  • apply the skills necessary to maintain, disassemble, and reassemble the basic systems related to diesel transport and heavy equipment
  • test, calibrate, diagnose, and repair complex electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulically-controlled diesel components and equipment
  • utilize your awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field
  • be prepared to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry-Level Technician exam
  • be prepared for employment as an entry-level transportation service technician in dealerships, fleet shops, or independent repair shops nearby, or around the world

CCC&TI offers following educational program in this area:

For more information about course descriptions or required courses, refer to the current CCC&TI Course Catalog.

Please review the Admission Requirements for the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program.

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CCC&TI has partnered with Volvo Trucks and Vanguard Truck Centers. This partnership enables our Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology curriculum to also include use of Volvo specific diagnostic tools, as well as training on their vehicle specific systems, and procedures. This additional training prepares CCC&TI students for possible employment with Vanguard Truck Centers or any service center that performs maintenance on Volvo trucks.


If you are interested in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program, please let us know by clicking on the link below and completing the form:

Career Information

Graduates of this pathway should be prepared to take professional licensure exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

Average Pay

The average salary for a Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists is $23.20 per hour in North Carolina according to O*NET Online website.

Employment Outlook

Employment of Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists is projected to grow 5 to 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, about average for all occupations.

To learn more information about Careers in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following programs:

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Mission Statement:

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program’s mission is to provide students with the technical skills and quality, pertinent, training needed to become high-performing entry-level technicians desired for employment by the local diesel, heavy equipment, or automotive industries.