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The SouthernTech Diesel program is focused on maintenance and repair of medium and heavy duty trucks. The I-35 corridor provides many job opportunities in the truck technician field, and is a great place to be a truck technician. The medium / heavy truck program will prepare you for a career in this exciting well-paying field.


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (Hours)

Diesel Engines (75)
Drive Train (75)
Brakes (75)
Suspension and Steering (75)
Electrical / Electronic Systesm (75)
HVAC (75)
CAB (75)
Hydraulics (75)
Total (600)

Estimated time to complete half time: 1 year

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Student:
Medium Heavy Truck (MHT):
Suspension & Steering
Diesel Engines
Inspection Maintenance and Minor Repair

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Bus Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Technician, Fleet Mechanic, General Repair Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Technician, Trailer Mechanic, Transit Mechanic, Truck Mechanic – Approximate Pay Potential: $13-30/Hour (O*NET source: 49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists):

Jeff McCathern

Jeff McCathern

Diesel Instructor


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