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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Southeastern Illinois College is certified not only by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), it is also accredited by the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS).

Students learn diesel theory from ADS certified instructors in the classroom and build their technical and mechanical skills in the laboratory through hands-on training. Southeastern Illinois College has partnered with John Deere, Cummins, and Fabick CAT, to provide students with not only the best education possible but valuable internships as well so students can acquire relevant on-the-job training.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Southeastern Illinois College can embark on their chosen career path in the diesel service and repair industry knowing they have the skills and training necessary to secure an entry-level position.

The Diesel Technology Heavy Equipment A.A.S. Degree

The curriculum of the the Diesel Technology Heavy Equipment A.A.S. Degree program contains the following courses:

First Semester

  • Occupational Math or
  • College Algebra
  • Basic Mechanical Skills 
  • Engine Electronics I 
  • Basic Internal Combustion Engines 
  • Hydraulics I 
  • Customer Service 
  • Employability Skills

Second Semester

  • Rhetoric & Composition I 
  • Engine Electronics II 
  • Hydraulics II 
  • Diesel Heating & Air Conditioning 
  • Diesel Engines

Summer Semester

  • Occupational Experience

Third Semester

  • Business & Professional Communication 
  • Electrical Diagnosis 
  • Engine Fuel Systems 
  • Power Train Fundamentals 
  • Preventative Maintenance

Fourth Semester

  • Engine Diagnosis & Performance 
  • Final Drives, Tracks & Undercarriage 
  • Human Relations or
  • Intro to Psychology

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 Medium/Heavy Truck A.A.S. Degree

The curriculum of the the Diesel Technology Medium/Heavy Truck Associate Degree program consists of the following classes:

First Semester

  • Business & Professional Communication 
  • Basic Mechanical Skills 
  • Engine Electronics I 
  • Basic Internal Combustion Engines 
  • Hydraulics I 
  • Customer Service 
  • Employability Skills

Second Semester

  • Rhetoric & Composition I 
  • Human Relations or
  • Intro Psychology 
  • Engine Electronics II 
  • Diesel Heating & Air Conditioning 
  • Diesel Engines

Summer Semester

  • Occupational Experience

Third Semester

  • Diesel Brakes 
  • Electrical Diagnosis 
  • Diesel Transmission & Drive Trains 
  • Diesel Fuel Systems

Fourth Semester

  • Preventative Maintenance 
  • Diesel Suspension and Steering 
  • Occupational Math or
  • College Algebra

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 Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Certificate 

The curriculum of the the Diesel Technology Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Certificate program is made up of the following courses:

First Semester

  • Basic Mechanical Skills 
    Engine Electronics I 
    Basic Internal Combustion Engines 
    Hydraulics I

Second Semester

  • Engine Electronics II 
    Preventative Maintenance 
    Suspension & Steering 
    Diesel Heating & Air Conditioning 
    Diesel Engines

Third Semester

  • Diesel Brakes 
    Electrical Diagnosis 
    Diesel Transmissions & Drive Trains 
    Diesel Fuels Systems

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

Industry 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.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Southeastern Illinois College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a Heavy Equipment specialization, as well as a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a Medium/Heavy Duty Truck specialization. Southeastern Illinois College also offers a 12-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Medium/Heavy Duty Truck specialization. All three programs are Pell Grant eligible.

*Program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
Program is accredited by the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS).

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