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 ensures 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 an associate degree 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.

A valid driver’s license is required in order to complete all graduation requirements. Failure to furnish a valid license may have an impact on employability in the field. Questions concerning this requirement should be directed to Lowell Gardner, Department Chair, at lgardner@emcc.edu or 207-974-4767.

EMCC does not currently conduct criminal background screening for applicants to Diesel, Truck, and Heavy Equipment Technology; however, individuals who have engaged in certain criminal activity could be denied access to gainful employment in their intended field.  Additionally, licensing boards for certain professions may deny the individual the opportunity to sit for an examination if they have been convicted of certain crimes.  Individuals who have engaged in any activity which may be considered abuse, neglect or exploitation of a minor or of an incapacitated or dependent adult, or who have been convicted of any crime involving fraud or dishonesty, or drugs, or for which imprisonment of on year or more has been imposed are urged to seek clarification from the Director of Admissions prior to an application submission.


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