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John Deere and Diesel Technology  

Both the John Deere program and the Diesel Technology program at Vincennes University provide students with both the technical training and formal education needed to become a successful diesel truck mechanic or John Deere ag-technician.

Students are taught diesel theory in the classroom and gain valuable hands-on experience in the laboratory as they learn about engine rebuilding, diesel fuel systems, drive trains, hydraulic systems, diesel electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, brakes, heating and air conditioning, steering and suspension, and fundamentals of shop safety.

Each students will work both independently and in teams as they learn how to properly diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines systems and John Deere farm equipment using the latest computer diagnostic equipment, technical manuals, and hand tools.

Graduates of the John Deere and Diesel Technology program at Vincennes University will have the necessary training and education needed to become a skilled diesel mechanic or John Deere ag-technician.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree 

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology Associate Degree program is made up of the following core classes:

  • Transportation Electrical 
  • Transportation Electrical Laboratory 
  • Transportation HVAC 
  • Transportation HVAC Laboratory 
  • Diesel Engine Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Hydraulic Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulic Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Preventative Maintenance 
  • Diesel Preventative Maintenance Laboratory 
  • Diesel Drive Trains 
  • Diesel Drive Trains Laboratory 
  • Diesel Chassis Systems 
  • Diesel Chassis Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Electronic Systems 
  • Diesel Electronic Systems Laboratory
  • Fuels, Lubricants, and Coolants

Students are also required to take English Composition I, Speech, a Mathematics Elective, a Social Science Elective, and one Humanities Elective in order to meet the 60 credit requirements of the Associate of 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.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree with John Deere Ag Tech Concentration

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree with John Deere Ag Tech Concentration contains the following program courses:

  • Transportation Electrical 
  • Transportation Electrical Laboratory 
  • Transportation HVAC 
  • Transportation HVAC Laboratory 
  • Cooperative Work Experience 
  • Advanced Diagnostics 
  • Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory 
  • Diesel Engine Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Hydraulic Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulic Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Drive Trains 
  • Diesel Drive Trains Laboratory 
  • Diesel Electronic Systems 
  • Diesel Electronic Systems Laboratory

Concentration Courses

  • John Deere Tech Commercial and Consumer Products 
  • John Deere Tech Commercial and Consumer Products Laboratory 
  • Agricultural Machinery 
  • Agricultural Machinery Laboratory 
  • Advanced Hydraulics 
  • Advanced Hydraulics Laboratory

Students are also required to take English Composition I, Speech, a Mathematics Elective, a Social Science Elective, and one Humanities Elective in order to meet the 60 credit requirements of the Associate of 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.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree with John Deere Consumer & Commercial Equipment Concentration

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree with John Deere Consumer & Commercial Equipment Concentration consists of the following core classes:

  • Transportation Electrical 
  • Transportation Electrical Laboratory 
  • Transportation HVAC 
  • Transportation HVAC Laboratory 
  • Cooperative Work Experience 
  • Advanced Diagnostics 
  • Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory 
  • Diesel Engine Systems 
  • Diesel Engine Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Hydraulic Systems 
  • Diesel Hydraulic Systems Laboratory 
  • Diesel Drive Trains 
  • Diesel Drive Trains Laboratory 
  • Diesel Electronic Systems 
  • Diesel Electronic Systems Laboratory

Concentration Courses

  • John Deere Tech Commercial and Consumer Products 
  • John Deere Tech Commercial and Consumer Products Laboratory 
  • Advanced Hydraulics
  • Advanced Hydraulics Laboratory

Students are also required to take English Composition I, Speech, a Mathematics Elective, a Social Science Elective, and one Humanities Elective in order to meet the 60 credit requirements of the Associate of 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. Students may want to enrich their 

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 Indiana was $40,520 yearly and $19.48 hourly, just 10% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Vincennes University offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with an emphasis in Diesel Truck. Vincennes University also offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a concentration in John Deere Ag-Tech, and a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a concentration in John Deere Consumer/Commercial Equipment. All three programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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