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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology

What is Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology? 

Heavy EquipmentThe Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to service, troubleshoot, and repair medium and heavy duty vehicles. 


The course work includes the purpose, construction features, and principles of operation of medium and heavy duty vehicles.  

Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities at a dealership, fleet shop, or independent garage as a technician. Graduates that have met the work experience requirement should also be prepared to take the ASE certification examination.


  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  • Diesel Engines
  • Shop Rules and Regulations
  • Software for Technicians
  • Diesel Electronics System
  • Basic Welding Processes
  • Power Trains
  • Air Conditioning/Diesel Equipment
  • Mechanical Transmissions
  • Hydraulics/Medium Heavy Duty
  • Diesel Electrical Systems
  • Electronic Engines
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Brake Systems
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Tune-up
  • Air Brakes

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology Program will:

  • Identify function, read diagrams and manufacturer specifications, inspect, diagnose problems, replace/repair, and service all major components of heavy duty equipment and vehicles.
  • Use OSHA standards; demonstrate safety procedures relating to equipment, personal safety, and safety of others.
  • Demonstrate use of hand and electronic testing and repair equipment.
  • Work independently and in groups to service, complete repairs, test, and maintain heavy duty vehicles to meet industry standards.
  • Work with accuracy, dependability, proficiency and speed when servicing equipment.
  • Communicate and document service records. Demonstrate basic competency in use of computers to access repair/replacement data and to document service.

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Contact Information:

Billy Eller  Ricky Smith 
Billy Eller
Lead Instructor, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology
(336) 838-6243
Ricky W. Smith
Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology
(336) 838-6225