Lewis-Clark State College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Lewis-Clark State College provides students with a well-rounded education in the service, maintenance, and repair of trucks and heavy equipment in various sectors of the diesel industry including agriculture, construction, logging, locomotive, and marine.

Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, students will learn about diesel theory, diesel engines, emissions, safety, DC electrical systems, hydraulics, multiplexing, power trains, HVAC systems, brakes, chassis, steering, suspension, and hybrid technologies. Students learn how to safely complete each task using the proper machinery, hand tools, and power tools.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Lewis-Clark State College will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a qualified diesel mechanic in today’s diesel truck and heavy equipment industry.

The Diesel Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

The Diesel Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program consists of the following courses:

  • Intro to Diesel Technology 
  • Directed Study
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engines 
  • Shop Skills & Climate Control 
  • Hydrualics 
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Power Trains 
  • Chassis/Suspension/Air Brakes 
  • Power Trains 
  • Safety 
  • Applied Principles of Technology I
  • Directed Study
  • Directed Special Project
  • Co-op

Students are also required to take four Skills Component classes, two Humanities classes, a minimum of three Social Science classes, one Integrative Component class, and at least 33 credit hours worth of Upper Division courses in order to fulfill the 128 credit hour requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program. 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 Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree program is made up of the following classes:

  • Intro to Diesel Technology 
  • Directed Study
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engines 
  • Shop Skills & Climate Control 
  • Hydrualics 
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Power Trains 
  • Chassis/Suspension/Air Brakes 
  • Power Trains 
  • Safety 
  • Applied Principles of Technology I
  • Directed Study
  • Directed Special Project 
  • Co-op

Students are also required to take two Skills Component classes, one Humanities class, one Math class, one Social Science/Human Relation/Interpersonal Communication class, and either one more Social Science/Human Relation/Interpersonal Communication class or one Science class in order to fulfill the 69 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree 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.

The Diesel Technology Advanced Technical Certificate

The Diesel Technology Advanced Technical Certificate program contains the following courses:

  • Intro to Diesel Technology 
  • Directed Study
  • Safety 
  • Applied Principles of Technology I
  • Electrical Systems Lab/Lecture
  • Diesel Engines 
  • Shop Skill/Climate Controls 
  • Hydraulics Lab/Lecture
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems Lab/Lecture
  • Power Trains Lab/Lecture
  • Chassis/Suspension/Air Brakes 
  • Power Trains Lab/Lecture
  • Directed Study
  • Directed Special Project 
  • Co-op

Students are also required to take a Social Science/Human Relation/Interpersonal Communication class and Applied Math in order to meet the 57 credit requirements of the Advanced Technical Certificate program. Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Technology Technical Certificate

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

  • Safety 
  • Applied Principles of Technology I
  • Electrical Systems Lab/Lecture
  • Diesel Engines 
  • Shop Skill/Climate Controls 
  • Hydraulics Lab/Lecture
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems Lab/Lecture
  • Power Trains Lab/Lecture
  • Chassis/Suspension/Air Brakes 
  • Power Trains Lab/Lecture

Students are also required to take a Social Science/Human Relation/Interpersonal Communication class and Applied Math in order to meet the 33 credit hour requirements of the Technical Certificate program. In order to graduate, students must complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade

From College to Career

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 Diesel Technology Degrees & Certificates

Lewis-Clark State College offers a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology as well as a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology. Lewis-Clark State College also offers a one-year Technical Certificate and a two-year Advanced Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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