Pittsburg State University

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Automotive Technology and Diesel/Heavy Equipment

The Automotive Technology program at Pittsburg State University offers any student who has successfully graduated from any corporate-affiliated or generic diesel and heavy equipment service technician program the opportunity to pursue a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in Diesel and Heavy Equipment. All associate degree graduates can automatically transfer a maximum of 64 college credits to Pittsburg State University.

The Automotive Technology program at Pittsburg State University not only provides students with the hands-on skills training they need to secure an advanced entry-level diesel technician job, the program also gives each student the engineering technology, theory, problem-solving, and leadership skills necessary to make them a more valuable employee and prepare them for upper-management opportunities. 

The Automotive Technology and Diesel/Heavy Equipment Curriculum

The Automotive Technology and Diesel/Heavy Equipment program consists of the following core classes:

  • Industrial Supervision
  • Dealership and Manufacturer Management
  • Industrial Organization and Technology Management
  • Introduction to Industrial Safety
  • Quality Control
  • Automotive Internship
  • Automotive Professional Development
  • Automotive Internship
  • Advanced Diesel Electronics and Diesel Engine Lab
  • Automotive Senior Seminar
  • Automatic Transmissions
  • Fuels, Combustion and Lubricants
  • On-Highway Systems
  • Off-Highway Systems
  • Advanced Hydraulic Systems and Off-Highway Systems Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Graphics
  • Computer Aided Part Design
  • Approved Technical Elective

Students must also take a variety of general education classes in order to meet the 124 credit hour requirements of the Bachelor 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.

From Graduation to Occupation

Students who successfully complete the Automotive Technology program at Pittsburg State University will be ready to secure and hold an advanced entry-level position as a diesel mechanic in the diesel and heavy equipment 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 Kansas was $43,490 yearly and $20.91 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

The Four-Year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Pittsburg State University offers a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in Diesel and Heavy Equipment. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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