Diesel Technology

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?

Modern diesel engines require highly skilled mechanics to repair and maintain them. The diesel Technology programprovides students with the skills needed to analyze malfunctions, repair, rebuild and maintain construction equipment, agriculture equipment, andmedium and heavy trucks. Students are provided instruction and experience in systems such as diesel engines, fuel injection, onboard computers, transmissions, steering and suspension, and brakes.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$26,663
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low: $27k med: $40k high: $66k

What are my career choices?

Most diesel mechanics and technicians are employed by independent repair shops and businesses such as truck sales and service, construction companies, mining companies, and state highway departments.

Diesel Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (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?

Degree

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree - General Occupational Technical Studies

Diplomas

Certificates

Additional Information

Heavy Duty Brake Mechanic: 12 Total credit hours
Undercarriage Mechanic: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Diesel Engine Mechanic: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Diesel Steering and Suspension Mechanic: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Electrical/Electronics Systems Mechanic: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Heavy Duty Train Mechanic: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Mobile Air Conditioning Mechanic: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Preventive maintenance Mechanic: 13 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Agriculture Equipment Mechanic Helper: 20 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Construction Equipment Mechanic Helper: 23 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Agricultural Technician: 24 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Diesel Mechanics Assistant: 27 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanic Helper: 30 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Agriculture Equipment Technician: 50 - 55 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medium Heavy Truck Technician: 52 - 55 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Construction Equipment Technician: 53 - 58 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Diesel Technology- Agriculture Diesel Technician Track: 62 - 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Diesel Technology- Medium and Heavy Truck Technician Track: 64 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Diesel Technology- Construction Equipment Technician Track: 65 - 67 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

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

Shannon McCarty
Diesel Technology
Program Coordinator
606.326.2473
shannon.mccarty@kctcs.edu