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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Northwest Tech provides students with the practical skills and in-depth knowledge needed to successfully gain employment as a diesel mechanic. 

Students study diesel theory in the classroom and gain valuable hands-on experience as they learn how to diagnose, service, and repair diesel engines and equipment using electro-mechanical testing equipment, diesel calibration instruments, technical diagrams, and hand tools.

Each student will study various components of heavy-duty truck and tractor repair including electrical systems, transmissions, suspension, steering, brakes, hydraulics, mobile HVAC, diesel electronic systems, diesel engine overhaul, diesel fuel systems, natural gas fuel systems, and biodiesel technology. 

The Diesel Technology program at Northwest Tech utilizes the most up-to-date equipment in their curriculum. Each student is trained using the newest industry procedures as well as older methods and equipment still in use today.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Northwest Tech will be well-equipped with the training and skills needed to secure an entry-level position as a diesel mechanic earning an estimated yearly salary of $35,000.

The Diesel Technology Course Outline

The Diesel Technology program is made up of the following courses:

First Year/First Semester

  • Orientation & Safety
  • Tools, Fasteners, & Fittings
  • Diesel Electricity
  • Air Conditioning
  • Diesel Electronic Systems
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Small Engine Repair

First Year/Second Semester

  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Fundamentals of Hydraulics
  • Hydraulic Pumps & Motors
  • Hydraulic Valves & Cylinders
  • Technical Writing
  • Computer Fundamentals

Second Year/First Semester

  • Orientation & Safety
  • Powertrains Fundamentals
  • Clutches
  • Transmission
  • Drive Trains, Differentials, & Final Drives
  • Steering/Suspension
  • Brakes

Second Year/Second Semester

  • Diesel Engine Systems
  • Engine Specialization
  • Advanced Electricity/Electronics
  • Specialization/Occupational Work Experience
  • Technical Math
  • Human Relations
  • Ethics

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

Diesel Technology Jobs

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 Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Northwest Tech offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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