What is Diesel Technology?
Are you a fan of the big rigs? Do you like solving problems and working with your hands? Are you interested in math, science and electronic diagnostics? Becoming a diesel mechanic may be a satisfying career for you! Students learn to operate and repair diesel engines, fuel injection systems, onboard computers, and transmission, steering, suspension and brake systems.
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
SalaryⓘBased 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|
|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|
|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?
Associate in Applied Science/General Occupational/Technical Studies: Diesel Technology
Medium and Heavy Truck Technician Diploma
Diesel Technology Certificates
- Mobile Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Electrical/Electronics Systems Mechanic
- Diesel Engine Mechanic
- Preventive Maintenance Mechanic
- Advising Certificate Plan for All Diesel Technology Certificates
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.