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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics


The diesel engine keeps our country running! It is the workhorse powering the nation's trucks, buses, ships, and locomotives. Diesel engines deliver more power and more durability than their gasoline-burning counterparts. If you like working with your hands and your brain, and have what it takes to keep our country's infrastructure running, then a career as a diesel technician is right for you!

Technical Requirements

   Basic Engines

   Preventive Maintenance

   D.O.T. Vehicle Inspection

   Equipment Safety/Mechanical Fundamentals

   Diesel and Gas Tune-up

   Industrial and Agricultural Equipment

   Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Systems

   Heavy Vehicle Brakes

   Pneumatics and Hydraulics

   Electronic Engine Systems

   Heavy Vehicle Drive Trains
   Advanced Engines

   Fuel Systems

   Heavy Vehicle Steering and Suspension

   CDL License Test Preparation

   Electrical/Electronic Fundamentals

   Special Projects in Diesel Mechanics

General Education Requirements
   Introductory Technical English I
   Introductory Mathematics I
   Introductory Computer Skills II
   Oral Communication Skills

     Total Credit Hours - 59

Estimated Salary

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-2015, median hourly earnings of bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, including incentive pay, are $20.35. The top 10 percent of earned more than $63,250.

Job Opportunities

Diesel mechanics may work for tractor dealers, trucking dealers, construction companies, private contractors or go into business for themselves. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of diesel service technicians is expected to grow 9 percent through 2022. Certification by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the recognized standard of achievement for diesel service technicians and mechanics.

Program Features

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employers prefer to hire graduates from formal training programs. LBWCC offers training in the latest nationally-recognized certifications.

The LBWCC Diesel program has an 88 percent job placement rate.

Click on the the link below to view the DEM Gainful Employment Disclosure
Diesel & Heavy Equipment Gainful Employment Disclosure


Eddie Spann
(334) 493-5322

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.