Diesel Truck Technology

Diesel Truck Technology

Succeed As A Diesel Truck Technician With Hands-on Training

The Diesel Truck Technology program gives graduates training in diesel truck and diesel-powered equipment maintenance and repair.

Courses include engine overhaul, welding, electronics, air conditioning, powertrains, mechanical and electronic fuel systems, air brakes, truck and trailer suspensions, and trailer service and repair.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Diesel Truck Technology program!

Graduates of the Diesel Truck Technology program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills in an organized and coherent manner.
  • Demonstrate related math skills accurately for various shop activities.
  • Demonstrate proper hand tool use, maintenance, and repair.
  • Demonstrate proper shop safety skills including lift truck operation and obtaining application certificate.
  • Perform service, repair, diagnosis, and overhaul of semi-tractors and trailers.
  • Research and apply information found in written or electronic forms of service publications.
  • Demonstrate successful shop skills and documentation of work performed in a job setting.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Costs

Diesel Truck Technology 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 18 16 34
Tuition: $3,348 $2,976 $6,324
Fees: $275 $7,110 $7,385
Books: $570 $420 $990



Credits: 14 14
Tuition: $2,604 $2,604
Fees: $140 $140
Books: $350 $350


Year Two

Credits: 15 15
Tuition: $2,790 $2,790
Fees: $145 $145
Books: $100 $100




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fee (Students will use Kirkwood tools only for the first two semesters), Class Related Supplies, and Ancillary Expenses (Tool Sets: First year, spring semester, personal tool purchase will cost approximately $5,000 – $7,000. Financial aid may be used for those who qualify.). Recommended CDL licensing class through the Continuing Education division is not included in these costs (Average cost is $700).
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/27/2021

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Tractor-trailer truck driver
  • Diesel mechanic
  • General service technician
  • Specialized service technician
  • Service manager
  • Parts management
  • Sales
  • Warranty administrator
  • Owner/operator
  • Teacher/trainer
  • Safety inspector


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Yes! We have pathways set up for students who would like to complete both programs.

Program Requirements

To get into the Diesel Truck Technology program you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Tool Requirements

As a student in the Diesel Truck Technology program, you will be required to purchase a minimum standard set of professional-grade tools moving into the third semester of your program. A minimum standard listing of tools will be supplied in your first semester in the program.

During the first two semesters you will be required to use this standard set of tools provided to you through Kirkwood Community College. You will be responsible for this set, and it will not be allowed to leave school premises.

You will need to plan for this upcoming purchase of tools. Depending on your eligibility, federal financial aid can be used to assist with the purchase of your tools. The cost is approximately $5,000 to $7,000 for your tools and toolbox, depending on the vendor you choose.

If you are using federal financial aid, you must visit with a financial aid advisor either by phone or in person to arrange for disbursement of those funds.

Get more information from a financial aid advisor or schedule an appointment by calling 319-398-7600.

Required Tools for Second Year Students

Mission Statement

The Diesel Truck Technology program provides quality technical training and education for students to be successful in the service and repair of equipment in the trucking industry.


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