Northshore Technical Community College

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Diesel Powered Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at Northshore Technical Community College provides specialized classroom instruction and practical hands-on training to prepare students for employment as entry-level diesel powered equipment technicians.

Students learn about shop safety, the disassembling and reassembling of diesel engines, understanding technical manuals and wiring diagrams, basic computer skills, diagnosing and repairing differentials, diagnosing and repairing brake systems, understanding hydraulic systems, diagnosing and repairing the various components of steering and suspension systems, mobile air condition repair, diagnosing diesel fuel systems, and practicing proper preventive maintenance inspections

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Curriculum

The career-focused curriculum of the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program is made up of the following classes:

  • Engine Parts Identification & Operating Principles
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fundamentals of Steering
  • Fundamentals of Suspension
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Brakes
  • Engines I
  • Engines II
  • Introduction to Power Trains
  • Transmissions
  • Differentials
  • Diesel Engine Fuel and Control Systems
  • Basic Diesel Electrical Systems
  • Advanced Diesel Electrical Systems
  • General Engine Diagnostics
  • Diesel Preventive Maintenance

Students who are working toward the Associate of Applied Science degree will also be required to take English Composition I, Math, Natural Science, Behavioral Science, and Humanities. Each student also has the option of exiting out of the program with either a 4-month Technical Competency Area Certificate, 8-month Certificate of Technical Studies, or an 18-month Technical Diploma, if they decide that the two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program is not for them.  In order to graduate, students must complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at Northshore Technical Community College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel technician in today’s truck and diesel 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 Louisiana was $42,910 yearly and $20.63 hourly, just 5% lower than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma, Technical Studies Certificate, and Technical Competency Area Certificate

Northshore Technical Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Powered Equipment Technology as well as an 18-month Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma. Northshore Technical Community College offers an 8-month Certificate of Technical Studies in Diesel Powered Equipment Technology with an emphasis in Diesel Engine Technician, as well as five 4-month Technical Competency Area Certificates, each specializing in a different area of Diesel Powered Equipment Technology. The Associate of Applied Science Degree program, the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma program, and the Certificate of Technical Studies program are all Pell Grant eligible. 

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