Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment


The Diesel, Truck and Heavy Equipment Technology program provides theoretical foundations, practical education, and work experience in the engineering, testing, servicing, troubleshooting and repairing of trucks, diesel engines and heavy equipment. The program is ASE Certified, which insures students that course content is pertinent to the needs of the industry. Recent graduates are employed as heavy equipment service technicians, sales personnel, service managers, maintenance supervisors, service writers, warranty claims adjusters, and parts persons.

Learning Objectives

Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel, Truck and Heavy Equipment will function at an entry-level position for servicing, diagnosing, repairing and creating work orders in the following areas:

  • Truck hydraulic and air braking systems as they pertain to heavy-duty trucks and heavy equipment.
  • Standard/automatic transmissions and final drives.
  • Diesel and heavy-duty gas engines.
  • Electronic and mechanical fuel injection systems.
  • Suspension systems.
  • Electrical and electronic systems.
  • Hydraulic systems.
  • Air conditioning systems.

Graduates will demonstrate proper public relations and customer service techniques for a fleet or dealer service facility.

Graduates will demonstrate understanding and application of legal requirements including those of OSHA, EPA, and State of Maine regulations regarding the handling and disposal of hazardous materials and related safety issues.

The Diesel, Truck and Heavy Equipment program is ASE Certified in eight areas, and the curriculum follows ASE standards, which helps students to prepare for the ASE technician certifications test.

Note: In a new approach to offering courses, first-year and second-year students enroll in the same technology courses. Requirements in general education, by semester sequence, appear under the curriculum tab.


Algebra I required.