Diesel Mechanic Training – Degree Program

Associate in Occupational Science Trades Leadership with Specialization in Heavy Vehicle Technology

Do You Want to Be a Leader in the Diesel Repair Industry?

Knowing how to work on the systems and equipment that keep our world moving can be exciting, but behind every service team is a manager who understands the business from the ground up. That person could be you with ATI’s Heavy Vehicle Technology with Service Management degree program, which turns the focus to not only understanding heavy vehicles and diesel engines, but also the successful management that can keep a business running as efficiently as the equipment it works on.

Program Description

Program Description
The Associate in Occupational Science (A.O.S.) degree program in Heavy Vehicle Technology offers training in the practical aspects of diesel engine maintenance and major heavy vehicle subsystems. Students receive classroom and laboratory training using modern test equipment and specialized tools. Students gain hands-on experience in a realistic shop setting where they must demonstrate specific proficiencies. Emphasis is placed on logical diagnostic methods and repair procedures. This program provides graduates with a foundation that prepares them for an entry-level position as a heavy vehicle repair technician.

The Trades Leadership course work provides students with a strong foundation in customer service, communications skills, employee relations, inventory management as well as critical thinking skills.


Course Number Course RequirementsClock HoursCredit Hours
ORN120Fundamentals of Technology1004
AUT122Vehicle Electrical and Electronics I1004
HVT125Diesel Fuel Systems1004
HVT134Four Stroke Diesel Engines1004
HVT139Steering and Alignment1004
HVT223Environmental Control Systems1004
HVT230Hydraulic Systems1004
HVT231Preventive Maintenance1004
HVT244Heavy Vehicle Electrical and Electronics II1004
HVT266Advanced Heavy Vehicle Systems1004
Trades Leadership Courses
CIS124Applied Computer Applications1004
ENG270Technical Writing and Applied Communications1004
HUM250Critical Thinking and Leadership Skills1004
  • Students attend class four (4) days per week on various schedules.
  • Program length is approximately 18 months (including breaks and holidays) – all schedules.
  • At the successful completion of the program, the student will receive an Associate of Occupational Science in Trades Leadership with Specialization in Heavy Vehicle Technology.

Possible Career Track

Possible Career Track
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Annual Report Stats from 2019 ACCSC Annual Report

Program Graduation Rate Placement Rate
Associate in Occupational Science Trades Leadership with Specialization in Heavy Vehicle Technology 50% 100%

Get a Head Start in Heavy Vehicle Technology with Certifications and Training

Liebherr Co-op Partnership

ATI is proud to partner with The Liebherr Group, one of the largest construction machine manufacturers in the world!

Liebherr offers a unique Co-op opportunity for up to 6 of ATI’s Heavy Vehicle students each year. Selected students will work part-time for Liebherr while attending school. In addition to earning competitive pay and valuable experience, students who accept a full-time position with Liebherr after successfully completing the Co-op program and earning their ATI diploma receive a signing bonus worth 50% of ATI’s tuition!

Get Ahead

Get Ahead is a partnership program between Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and diesel schools including Advanced Technology Institute offering access to industry web based training free of charge.

Program Overview

Freightliner, Western Star, and Detroit Training features free web-based training developed for industry dealer and distributor technicians.

The courses comprise the core requirements of a Systems certification, which is necessary to perform warranty work.

Available Curriculum

Freightliner & Western Star available curriculum is comprised of the following certifications:

  • Heavy Duty Truck Systems
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Electronic Systems
  • CEEA+
  • HVAC
  • M2
  • Cascadia
  • Western Star

Detroit Diesel available curriculum is comprised of the following certifications:

  • DD Heavy Duty
  • DD Medium Duty
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Program Available at: Main Campus.