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Diesel Power Technology  

The Diesel Power Technology program at Kishwaukee College provides students the opportunity to master advanced diesel technologies as they learn how to diagnose and service all types of diesel equipment in a modern facility housing the most up-to-date equipment.

Personal faculty advisers mentor students, both in the classroom and on the shop floor, as they learn hands-on how to diagnose, troubleshoot, service, and repair all types of diesel equipment using the latest computerized diagnostic machines, hand tools, power tools, and technical manuals. Students not only gain valuable hands-on experience, they also acquire on-the-job training as they intern with local companies and assist trained technicians.

The Diesel Power Technology A.A.S. Degree Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Power Technology Associate Degree program is made up of the following courses:

First Semester

  • Diesel Power Technology Careers 
  • Basic Engine Overhaul 
  • Mobile System Electronics I 
  • Introduction to Tool Safety and Usage 
  • Basic Transmissions and Final Drives 
  • Basic Hydraulics 
  • Technical Mathematics

Second Semester

  • Introduction to Computers 
  • Diesel Power Technology Internship Preparation
  • Introduction to Diesels 
  • Diesel Power Technology Internship I 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 
  • Advanced Transmissions and Final Drives

Third Semester

  • Truck Brakes and Suspension
  • Advanced Diesels or Open Elective 
  • Intro to Technical Report Writing
  • Oral Communication I 
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective 
  • Science Elective

Fourth Semester

  • Advanced Engine Overhaul 
  • Mobile System Electronics II 
  • Vehicle Air Conditioning
  • Diesel Power Technology Internship II 
  • Fundamental Welding Processes

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

The Advanced Diesel Power/Equipment Repair Certificate

The Advanced Diesel Power/Equipment Repair Certificate program is made up of the following courses:

Program Courses

  • Diesel Power Technology Careers 
  • Diesel Power Technology Internship Prep 
  • Truck Brakes and Suspension 
  • Basic Engine Overhaul 
  • Mobile System Electronics I 
  • Introduction to Tool Safety and Usage 
  • Basic Transmissions and Final Drives 
  • Introduction to Diesels 
  • Basic Hydraulics 
  • Diesel Power Technology Internship I 
  • Advanced Engine Overhaul 
  • Mobile Systems Electronics II 
  • Vehicle Air Conditioning 
  • Advanced Diesels 
  • Diesel Power Technology Internship II 
  • Fundamental Welding Processes

Program Electives

Choose two program electives:

  • Small Engine Maintenance and Repair 
  • Combine Repair 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 
  • Advanced Transmissions & Final Drives

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

The Basic Diesel Power/Equipment Repair Certificate

The Basic Diesel Power/Equipment Repair Certificate program consists of the following classes:

  • Truck Brakes and Suspension 
  • Basic Engine Overhaul 
  • Mobile System Electronics I 
  • Introduction to Tool Safety and Usage 
  • Basic Transmissions and Final Drives 
  • Introduction to Diesels 
  • Basic Hydraulics 
  • Advanced Engine Overhaul 
  • Mobile System Electronics II 
  • Vehicle Air Conditioning 
  • Advanced Diesels 
  • WT 116 Fundamental Welding Processes

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 College to Career

Graduates of the Diesel Power Technology program at Kishwaukee College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel mechanic in today’s truck and diesel industry.

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.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Kishwaukee College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Power Technology. Kishwaukee College also offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Basic Diesel Power/Equipment Repair as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Advanced Diesel Power/Equipment Repair. All three programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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