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Diesel Power Equipment Technology and Case New Holland Service Technician

The Diesel Power Equipment Technology and Case New Holland Service Technician programs at Parkland College teach students how to test, diagnose, and repair various the diesel engines used to power heavy-duty trucks, agricultural machinery, and heavy equipment. Students  gain a basic understanding of the mechanical and electrical components of the diesel engine system. 

Students gain hands-on experience and advance their technical and mechanical skills as they train on diesel trucks, farm equipment, and construction equipment. Students also acquire valuable job-experience through the required internships and build teamwork, leadership, and technician skills through the Diesel Power Pulling Team event.

Graduates of the Diesel Power Equipment Technology program at Parkland College will be equipped to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel service technician, warranty technician, parts technician, or service manager in the diesel truck, agriculture equipment, or heavy equipment industry.

The Diesel Power Equipment Technology Program

The Diesel Power Equipment Technology A.A.S.Degree program consists of the following industry-specific courses:

  • Precision Farm Technology or
  • Basic Machine Processes 
  • Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Power Trains 
  • Introduction to Diesel Electrical
  • Introduction to Mobile Hydraulics 
  • Diesel Fuel Systems 
  • Diesel Work Experience I 
  • Diesel Work Experience II
  • Electronic Systems and Accessories
  • Vehicular Air Conditioning
  • Advanced Hydraulics
  • Equipment Adjustment and Repair
  • Truck Suspension, Steering, and Brakes
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul 
  • Advanced Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Advanced Power Trains
  • Service Department Implementation
  • Computer Applications for Technicians
  • Introduction to Welding

Students are also required to take Composition I, Applied Mathematics or Technical Mathematics I, Introduction to Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communications, and either a Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective or Humanities/Fine Arts Elective in order to fulfill the 71 credit hour requirements of the Associate in 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. It is also recommended that students take Service Department Operations and Career and Technical Work Ethics.

The Case New Holland Service Technician Program

The Case New Holland Service Technician A.A.S.Degree program is made up of the following career-relevant classes:

  • CNH Engine Theory and Overhaul
  • Introduction to Fuel Systems
  • CNH Dealer Work Experience I
  • Introduction to CNH Machine Electrical
  • CNH Precision Farming Systems
  • Service Department Operations
  • Introduction to CNH Hydraulic Systems
  • Introduction to CNH Powertrains
  • Advanced Diesel Fuel Systems
  • CNH Ag and CE Air Conditioning
  • CNH Dealer Work Experience II
  • Advanced CNH Machine Electrical
  • Advanced CNH Hydraulic Systems
  • CNH Ag and CE Equipment Functions
  • Advanced CNH Powertrains
  • CNH Service Department Implementation
  • Computer Applications for Technicians
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Career and Technical Work Ethics

Students must also take Composition I, Applied Mathematics, Introduction to Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communications, and either a Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective or Humanities/Fine Arts Elective in order to fulfill the 67 credit hour requirements of the Associate in 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.

What to Expect After Graduating

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 Two-Year Associate in Applied Science Degree

Parkland College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Power Equipment Technology. Parkland College offers a two-year Case New Holland Service Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree. Both of these programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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