Heavy Diesel Equipment / Crane Technician

If you like big engines, working with your hands, and don’t mind getting a little dirty, a career as a heavy diesel equipment / crane technician may be the job for you. Our graduates are trained to maintain and repair some of the largest construction equipment and cranes in use.

The heavy diesel equipment / crane technician program is designed to expose students to diesel engine components and hydraulics. In addition, students take electrical classes to gain experience maintaining and repairing the entire piece of equipment.

A career as a diesel heavy equipment / crane technician is perfect for those who are looking for a stable career, problem solving, and performing as part of a team. If that sounds like you, this high demand field may be especially satisfying and provide upward mobility.

Time to completion:

  • Degree (AAS): 2 years
  • Certificate (CT): 3 semesters


Program at a Glance

Career Opportunities

Texas hires more diesel technicians than any other state. With strong ties to the Port of Houston and the greater Gulf Coast petrochemical industry, San Jacinto College’s program is the industry standard. Specializing in heavy equipment and crane technology will make you more valuable to your employer. Possible job opportunities for graduates include:

  • Onsite crane maintenance technician
  • Field service technician
  • Onsite heavy construction equipment mechanic
  • Heavy equipment field technician


Earning Potential

The median salary for a heavy equipment field technician in the Gulf Coast region in 2021 was $53,571, according to texaswages.com.


 North Campus


Have Questions?

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Christopher Uvick