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?

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.

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

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
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?

Associate in Applied Science/General Occupational/Technical Studies: Diesel Technology

Medium and Heavy Truck Technician Diploma

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.

Program Contact

Sam Collier
Dean of Transportation Technologies
(859) 442-1146

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