Illinois Central College

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Diesel Powered Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at Illinois Central College trains students how to diagnose, service, and repair diesel-powered equipment such as tractors, farm machinery, heavy duty trucks, bulldozers, combines, loaders, and more. 

Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on training, students will learn how to properly diagnose diesel engines and equipment using the latest electronic machinery and tools including laptops, bore gauges, flow meters, calipers, dial indicators, engine dynanometers, digital multimeters, micrometers, pressure analyzers, power wrenches, hand tools, and other specialized equipment.

During their sophomore year, students will gain valuable on-the-job experience through two paid eight-week internships at a local diesel-powered equipment service dealership.  

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology A.A.S Degree

The curriculum of the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Associate Degree program contains the following classes:

Required Program Classes

  • Electrical Systems of Heavy Equipment
  • Engine Rebuilding, Theory and Practice
  • Air Conditioning of Heavy Equipment
  • Hydraulics
  • Harvesting Equipment
  • Planting and Tillage Equipment
  • Transmissions and Final Drive
  • Occupational Internship and Seminar I
  • Introduction to Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Electronic Controls/Monitoring Systems
  • Hydraulic System Analysis and Repairs
  • Occupational Internship and Seminar II 
  • Power Train Diagnostics
  • Service Center Management
  • Mechanical Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Electronic Fuel Systems
  • Engine Performance Analysis
  • Guidance Systems
  • Truck Suspension, Brakes and Chassis
  • Industry Qualifications

Required General Education Classes

  • Composition I
  • Communication
  • Social Science
  • Agricultural Computations
  • Principles of Internal Combustion Engines
  • Humanities

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 Illinois was $47,340 yearly and $22.76 hourly, 5% higher than the national average.

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at Illinois Central College will be equipped to either enter the entry-level job field as a qualified diesel equipment service technician or continue their education and training by transferring to a four-year college or university.

The Two-Year Associate in Applied Science Degree 

Illinois Central College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Powered Equipment Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible.

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