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Diesel Technology and On-Site Power Generation Technology  

The Diesel Technology and On-Site Power Generation Technology program at Idaho State University provides students the opportunity to learn the proper procedures for troubleshooting, servicing, and repairing all components of the diesel and heavy equipment used in agricultural, construction, and transportation industries. 

Students exercise their mind in the classroom and strengthen their mechanical skills in the laboratory as they learn diesel theory and gain hands-on experience diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing diesel engines, components, and equipment.

Students also learn how to properly use the technical manuals, computerized machinery, and specialized tools needed to successfully perform each task. Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology and On-Site Power Generation Technology program at Idaho State University will be ready to secure an entry-level position as a diesel mechanic.

The Diesel Technology Programs

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology Associate Degree program consists of the following courses:

First Semester

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology 
  • Basic Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulics I 
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems 
  • Advanced Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 
  • Engilish Composition

Second Semester

  • Cab Cimate Control 
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Advanced Engine Electronics 
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains 
  • Principles of Speech

Third Semester

  • Diesel Engine Technology 
  • Diesel Engine Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Emission Systems 
  • Live Work Capstone Class or Internship Capstone Class 
  • Mathematics/Computation

Fourth Semester

  • On-site Power Generation I
  • On-site Power Generation II 
  • Social Science/Human Relations 
  • General Education Elective

In order to graduate, students must complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Technology Advanced Technical Certificate Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology Advanced Technical Certificate program contains the following classes:

First Semester

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology 
  • Basic Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulics I 
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems 
  • Advanced Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 

Second Semester

  • Cab Cimate Control 
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Advanced Engine Electronics 
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains 
  • Principles of Speech
  • Work Place Relations

Third Semester

  • Diesel Engine Technology 
  • Diesel Engine Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Emission Systems 
  • Live Work Capstone Class or Internship Capstone Class 
  • Employment Strategies

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.

The On-Site Power Generation Technology Programs

The On-Site Power Generation Technology A.A.S. Degree Program

The curriculum of the On-Site Power Generation Technology Associate Degree program consists of the following courses:

First Semester

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology 
  • Basic Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulics I 
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems 
  • Advanced Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 
  • Engilish Composition

Second Semester

  • Cab Cimate Control 
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Advanced Engine Electronics 
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains 
  • Principles of Speech

Third Semester

  • Diesel Engine Technology 
  • Diesel Engine Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Emission Systems 
  • Live Work Capstone Class or Internship Capstone Class 
  • Mathematics/Computation

Fourth Semester

  • On-site Power Generation I
  • On-site Power Generation II 
  • Social Science/Human Relations 
  • General Education Elective

In order to graduate, students must complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The On-Site Power Generation Technology Advanced Technical Certificate Program

The curriculum of the On-Site Power Generation Technology Advanced Technical Certificate program contains the following classes:

First Semester

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology 
  • Basic Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulics I 
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems 
  • Advanced Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 

Second Semester

  • Cab Cimate Control 
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Advanced Engine Electronics 
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains 
  • Principles of Speech
  • Work Place Relations

Third Semester

  • Diesel Engine Technology 
  • Diesel Engine Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Emission Systems 
  • Live Work Capstone Class or Internship Capstone Class 
  • Employment Strategies

Fourth Semester

  • On-site Power Generation I
  • On-site Power Generation II

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.

Occupational Outlook

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 Idaho was $40,750 yearly and $19.59 hourly, just 10% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree and Advanced Technical Certificate

Idaho State University offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology as well as a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in On-Site Power Generation Technology. Idaho State University also offers a two-year Advanced Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology and a two-year Advanced Technical Certificate in On-Site Power Generation Technology. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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