Wabash Valley College

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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Wabash Valley College focuses on transforming students into highly qualified diesel-power equipment technicians. 

Through concentrated study and hands-on experience, students build science and mathematical reasoning skills and gain a knowledge of the basic mechanical principles and high-tech skills necessary to secure an entry-level position in the diesel mechanic job market. Students also acquire practical knowledge and training in parts department operation and service management.

Career-specific course include Engine Fundamentals, Electrical Systems, Diesel Fuel Systems, Brake and Suspension Systems, Transmissions, Practical Welding, Hydraulics, Electronic Controls and Monitoring, Planting and Harvesting Equipment, Diesel Power Equipment Repair, Global Positioning Technology, and much more.

Students are required to provide a basic set of hand tools.

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

The Diesel Equipment Technology A.A.S. Degree program consists of the following courses:

First Semester

  • Business Computer Systems 
  • Engine Fundamentals 
  • Electrical Systems I 
  • Diesel Fuel Systems I 
  • Brakes/Suspension Systems 
  • Transmissions I 
  • Employment Skills
  • Practical Welding

Second Semester

  • Hydraulics I 
  • Air Conditioning Certification 
  • Industry Qualifications 
  • Employment Skills
  • Technical Math or 
  • College Level Math
  • General Psychology I or
  • Business Psychology

Third Semester

  • Shop Organization & Management
  • Hydraulics II 
  • Supervised Work Experience 
  • Power Equipment Seminar 
  • Electronic Controls/Monitoring

Fourth Semester

  • Planting/Harvesting Equipment 
  • Engine Performance/Diagnostics 
  • Diesel Power Equipment Repair 
  • Global Positioning Technology 
  • Composition I or 
  • Communications
  • Introduction to Logic

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

Diesel Equipment Technology Jobs

Graduates of the Wabash Valley College Diesel Equipment Technology program will have the knowledge and training necessary to qualify for employment as agriculture, industrial, and truck equipment diesel mechanics in the diesel equipment technology 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 Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Wabash Valley College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Equipment Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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