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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
Why Choose Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician at CLC?

Central Lakes College Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is AED certified.

Instructors have many years experience in the industry.

Very high placement rate

Well equipped shop with great deal of time working hands on of real equipment to simulate the demands of working in a real shop

When you graduate you can get a rewarding career working on construction equipment, agriculture equipment and trucks in a dealership or a contractor or open your own shop.

11 month program gets you out in the work force to enjoy your career and earn a good living

Opportunity to obtain your CDL (Commercial Drivers License)

Program Options
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology A.A.S. Degree
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma
About the Program

Enjoy a rewarding career as a Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician. Today's construction equipment, agricultural equipment and heavy trucks are a lot more complex than the equipment was years ago. Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technicians are needed that can repair and diagnose the complex equipment that shape our world. That someone could be you. Your career as a diesel and heavy equipment technician starts at Central Lakes College.

This program concentrates on the hydraulic/hydrostatic, power train, electrical/electronics, and engine systems of off-road construction equipment such as crawlers, excavators, backhoes, front end loaders, motor graders, and skid steer loaders as well as on-highway vehicles. Two program options allow students to prepare for careers in maintenance, repair, and diagnostics of diesel equipment. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma is an eleven-month program consisting of a Fall and Spring semester plus an accelerated six-week summer session. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree consists of all coursework from the Technician Diploma program plus an additional 20 elective credits.

Jeff Klehr
Hi my name is Jeff Klehr and I am one of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician instructors at Central Lakes College. I have over 20 years experience working on heavy equipment. I enjoy working with hydraulics the most and it is one of my favorite courses. I enjoy hunting, fishing, snowmobiling or just about any activity in Minnesota's great outdoors.
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Paul Zimmerman
Hi, my name is Paul Zimmerman. I am one of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Instructors at Central Lakes College. I have over 18 years of experience working as a Diesel Mechanic. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my students. In my free time you can find me outdoors working on the farm.​
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Student Testimonials
Graduated 2012
I learned a lot from Central Lakes College. CLC has a great Diesel and Heavy Equipment program. The teachers and staff are awesome. They were always there to help me when I needed it. Some of the things I really enjoyed were engine, electrical and heavy truck classes. In these classes, they taught me how to rebuild engines, how to read a wiring diagram, and how to do diagnostics for wiring on equipment. I also learned about ohms law, how to use a multimeter and a variety of tools. I use all of these at my current job as a diesel and heavy equipment technician. Central Lakes College has helped me excel at my job.

Other Resources
Diesel Technician Internship Opportunities with Ziegler CAT


Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Gainful Employment - Diploma