Dodge City Community College

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Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair  

The Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair program at Dodge City Community College is designed to prepare students for the rapid advances in today’s diesel technology industry such as computer controlled engines, transmissions, and anti-lock braking systems. Students will receive a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training as they learn about diesel technology in the following career-specific classes:

  • Diesel Engine Fundamentals – Students learn about engine design, troubleshooting, and tune-up procedures.
  • Truck & Heavy Equipment Systems  Students learn about steering, brakes, and suspension systems.
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains  Heavy duty truck transmissions, clutches, differentials, and power shift transmissions.
  • Fluid Power – Students learn the basics of testing hydraulic systems on agriculture machinery and heavy equipment.
  • Diesel Industrial Engine Overhaul – Students disassemble diesel engines, evaluate wear and tear, and reassemble the engines to operational status.
  • Electronic Systems I & II – Students learn about advancing technologies in the electronic engine, transmission, and anti-lock brake systems.
  • Basic Electrical  Students will gain a basic understanding of electrical fundamentals and system components as they learn how to use meters and scopes.
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning  Students learn the operating principles, service, and diagnostic techniques of today’s automotive HVAC systems.
  • Shop Operations & Customer Relations  Safety, proper use of hand tools, basic shop operation, and all phases of the automotive service business will be taught.

The Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair A.A.S. Degree

The Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair Associate Degree program consists of the following core classes:

  • Shop Operations/Customer Relations
  • Basic Electrical
  • Truck & Heavy Equipment Systems
  • Diesel Engine Fundamentals
  • Basic Applied Math
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains
  • Diesel Industrial Engine Overhaul
  • Fluid Power
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning
  • Electronic Systems I
  • Electronic Systems II

Students are also required to take Technical Communications, Introduction to Computers, Physical Education, General Psychology, Fundamentals of Speech, Principals of Sociology, and one Social Science Elective in order to meet the 71 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students must complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Engine Mechanics & Repair Undergraduate Certificate

The Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair Undergraduate Certificate program is made up of the following courses:

  • Shop Operations/Customer Relations
  • Basic Electrical
  • Truck & Heavy Equipment Systems
  • Diesel Engine Fundamentals
  • Basic Applied Math
  • Heavy Duty Power Trains
  • Diesel Industrial Engine Overhaul
  • Fluid Power
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning

Students are also required to take Technical Communications in order to fulfill the 42 credit hour requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate program. Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

After Diesel Mechanic School 

Graduates of the Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair program at Dodge City Community College will not only have the skills, education, and training needed to service and repair diesel engine systems and heavy equipment, they will be qualified to secure and hold an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic, parts specialist, or diesel repair service manager.

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 Kansas was $43,490 yearly and $20.91 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Dodge City Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair. Dodge City Community College also offers a one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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