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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at North Idaho College provides specialized training, knowledge, and skills for students who desire to learn how to diagnose, repair, and maintain diesel engines and heavy duty trucks and equipment. 

Students learn diesel theory in the classroom while they learn about engine maintenance repair, transmissions, differentials, brakes, steering and suspension, cooling, hydraulics, undercarriages, fuel systems, and air systems in the job-simulated training shop. Students gain real hands-on experience working on actual customer projects, mock-up units, and industry-specific assemblies. In addition, students will obtain a Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and gain experience in welding and cutting using both oxy-acetylene and electric arc welders and torches. 

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at North Idaho College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to succeed as an entry-level diesel mechanic in the truck and heavy equipment job field.

The Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree program consists of the following classes:

First Semester

  • Basic Shop Safety 
  • Diesel Engines/Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engines/Electrical Systems Lab 
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Mathematical Ways of Knowing

Second Semester

  • Powertrain/Brake Systems 
  • Powertrain/Brake Systems Lab 
  • English Composition 
  • Diesel Welding Lab

Summer Session

  • Diesel Lab 
  • Suspension/Steering/AC/Class B CDL 

Third Semester

  • Introduction to Speech Communication
  • Advanced Tune-up Computerized Engines 
  • Advanced Tune-up Computerized Engines Lab 
  • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

Fourth Semester

  • Basic Hydraulic Systems 
  • Undercarriage/Powershift Transmissions and Hydraulics 
  • Undercarriage/Powershift Transmissions and Hydraulics Lab 
  • Institutionally Designated

Students must finish each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Technology Advanced Technical Certificate Program

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

First Semester

  • Basic Shop Safety 
  • Diesel Engines/Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engines/Electrical Systems Lab 
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Technical Math for Auto/Diesel/Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle

Second Semester

  • Powertrain/Brake Systems 
  • Powertrain/Brake Systems Lab 
  • Fundamentals for Writing or English Composition 
  • Diesel Welding Lab

Summer Session

  • Diesel Lab 
  • Suspension/Steering/AC/Class B CDL 

Third Semester

  • Occupational Relations and Job Search
  • Advanced Tune-up Computerized Engines 
  • Advanced Tune-up Computerized Engines Lab 

Fourth Semester

  • Basic Hydraulic Systems 
  • Undercarriage/Powershift Transmissions and Hydraulics 
  • Undercarriage/Powershift Transmissions and Hydraulics Lab 

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 Intermediate Technical Certificate Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology Intermediate Technical Certificate program is made up of the following classes:

First Semester

  • Basic Shop Safety 
  • Diesel Engines/Electrical Systems 
  • Diesel Engines/Electrical Systems Lab 
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Technical Math for Auto/Diesel/Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle

Second Semester

  • Occupational Relations and Job Search
  • Powertrain/Brake Systems 
  • Powertrain/Brake Systems Lab 
  • Fundamentals for Writing or English Composition 
  • Diesel Welding Lab

Summer Session

  • Diesel Lab 
  • Suspension/Steering/AC/Class B CDL 

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.

Job Opportunities

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 Associate of Applied Science Degree and Advanced Technical Certificate

North Idaho College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology. North Idaho College also offers both a Technical Certificate and Advanced Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology. All three programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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