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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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On the road to a great career!

If you're interested in a career repairing and servicing medium and heavy duty trucks, then this program is for you. Academic courses, theory courses and laboratory experiences are designed to promote success in the diesel technology repair field. You will get hands-on experience repairing late model, medium and heavy duty trucks.

What are my career choices?

Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 11 percent from 2006 to 2016. Additional trucks and truck repairers will be needed to keep pace with the increasing volume of freight shipped nationwide. Graduates of the Diesel Technology program find employment in new truck dealerships, fleets, municipalities, independent repair facilities, specialty shops and agricultural repair shops.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers

  • General Occupational/Technical Studies with students plan of study in Diesel Technology.


  • Construction Equipment Technician: 53-58 credit hours
  • Agriculture Equipment Technician: 50-55 credit hours
  • Medium and Heavy Truck Technician: 52-55 credit hours


  • Construction Equipment Mechanic Helper: 23 credit hours
  • Mobile Air Conditioning Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Heavy Duty Brake Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Electrical/Electronics Systems Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Diesel Steering & Suspension Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Diesel Mechanics Assistant: 27 credit hours
  • Heavy Duty Drive Train Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Undercarriage Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Agriculture Equipment Mechanic Helper: 20 credit hours
  • Fluid Power Mechanic: 12 credit hours
  • Preventive Maintenance Mechanic: 13 credit hours
  • Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanic: 30 credit hours

For program course requirements, consult the Diesel Technology Catalog.

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.

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Program Contact

Preston Netherly

Diesel Technology

Program Coordinator

(606) 783-1538 ext. 66341