Individuals looking for education as forklift, diesel and heavy equipment mechanics can find certificate, diploma and associate's programs at various community colleges, technical institutes and vocational schools.
10 Schools with Diesel Technology Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Lane Community College||Eugene, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,047 In-state; $9,213 Out-of-state|
|Walla Walla Community College||Walla Walla, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,203 In-state; $5,670 Out-of-state|
|University of Hawaii Community College||Honolulu, HI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$11,164 In-state; $31,216 Out-of-state|
|Northeast Community College||Norfolk, NE||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,165 In-state; $4,215 Out-of-state|
|Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||$2,768 In-state; $8,912 Out-of-state|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,569 In-state; $11,337 Out-of-state|
|Centralia College||Centralia, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,188 In-state; $4,600 Out-of-state|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,766 In-state; $8,374 Out-of-state|
|Gateway Technical College||Kenosha, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||$4,090 In-state; $6,016 Out-of-state|
|Monmouth County Vocation School District||Freehold, NJ||2-year, Public||High School Program/Certificate||Not Applicable|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing a forklift repair program.
- Career certificates and diplomas require from 12-18 months of coursework, while associate's degrees take two years to complete.
- Students should look for programs that include extensive hands-on training and well-equipped laboratories.
- Programs should include courses that cover important safety information, such as hazardous materials disposal and equipment operation safety.
- Some programs are available to high school students as part of their high school studies, which may enable them to enter the workforce faster and save money on tuition.
Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate
Forklift and diesel heavy equipment technology certificate programs cover the diagnostics and repair of diesel-powered vehicles and associated hydraulic systems. Programs can have four or more courses that cover different aspects of forklift and diesel maintenance.
Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma
Diploma programs related to forklift repair often include a sequence of courses and are more comprehensive than a certificate program. Along with some basic math and communications courses, a diesel equipment technology diploma program often covers hydraulics, diesel engine assembly and service, fuel systems, transmissions, environmental regulations and work safety practices.
Associate of Science in Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology
Prospective forklift repair students may acquire more comprehensive training by completing an associate's degree program in diesel heavy equipment technology or mechanics. Associate's degree programs typically include a foundation of general education courses along with a core of diesel technology courses.
Programs for aspiring forklift repairers are offered by many colleges throughout the United States. These programs typically lead to a certificate or associate's degree in diesel equipment technology.