Arkansas State University – Beebe

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Arkansas State University provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain heavy equipment such as farm equipment, industrial equipment, and heavy trucks. Laptops, technical manuals, and hand tools will be utilized to perform each job through hands-on training.

Due to the natural gas boom and shale oil boom, certified diesel mechanics are currently in high demand in the state of Arkansas. Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Arkansas State University will be well-equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level position as a diesel mechanic in these and other industrial industries.

The Diesel Technology Technical Certificate 

The Diesel Technology Technical Certificate program consists of the following classes:

  • Diesel Engine Technology
  • Transportation Electronics
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Climate Control
  • Brake Systems
  • Truck Preventive Maintenance
  • Technical Mathematics A
  • Career Communications
  • Introduction to General Electronics I
  • Introduction to General Electronics II 

In order to graduate, students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Proficiency

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Proficiency program contains the following courses:

  • Diesel Engine Technology
  • Transportation Electronics
  • Suspension & Steering

Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

Graduation and Beyond

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Arkansas State University will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic.

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Arkansas was $37,430 yearly and $17.99 hourly, just 17% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year Undergraduate Certificate and Certificate of Proficiency

Arkansas State University offers a one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology. Arkansas State University also offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Diesel Technology. The one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology is Pell Grant eligible.

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