Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Basic Certificate

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The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology curriculum prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain diesel engines in vehicles such as Heavy Duty Trucks over one ton classification, buses, ships, railroad locomotives, and equipment; as well as stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment. The program provides an introduction to transportation industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field.

Course work may include transportation systems theory, braking systems, climate control, design parameters, drive trains, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, engine performance, environmental regulations, materials, product finish, safety, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, and sustainable transportation, depending on the program major area chosen.

Graduates of this program should be prepared to take professional licensure exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.


Hours Per Week Hours
CERTIFICATE Course Title Class Lab Credit
HET 110 Diesel Engines 3 9 6
HET 125 Preventive Maintenance 1 3 2
HET 230 Air Brakes 1 2 2
TRN 110 Intro to Transport Tech 1 2 2
TRN 120 Basic Transp Electricity 4 3 5
10 19 17

Total Semester hours credit: 17

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