Arkansas State University – Newport

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Arkansas State University provides the training, knowledge and skills students need to be able to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain today’s advanced diesel engine systems. 

Specialized classroom instruction and hands-on training provide each student with the opportunity to learn all phases of repair work. Students will learn how to properly use laptops, technical manuals, and tools as they learn on the same trucks and equipment that professional diesel mechanics work on in the industry.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Arkansas State University will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level position as a diesel mechanic. Employers that have hired recent Diesel Technology graduates include Heartland Equipment Inc., Truck Centers of Arkansas, Greenway Equipment, George Kell Motors, City of Augusta, Bill Davis Trucking, MHC Kenworth, and MCI Trucking.

The Diesel Technology Technical Certificate Program

The Diesel Technology Technical Certificate program is made up of the following industry-relevant courses:

  • Service and Maintenance
  • Trailer Suspension/Brakes
  • Brakes/ABS
  • Intro to Hydraulics
  • Electrical Problem Solving
  • Diesel Engines
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Chassis and Steering
  • App Lab I
  • App Lab II
  • Heavy Duty Transmissions
  • HVAC Service and Diagnostics
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Commercial Driver Training

Students must also take Technical Communication and Mathematical Applications in order to meet the 42 credit requirements of the Technical Certificate program. 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.

From Graduation to Occupation

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 Undergraduate Certificate

Arkansas State University offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible.

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