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Diesel Equipment Technology*  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Minnesota State Community & Technical College is accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED). The program is designed to prepare mechanically-minded individuals to troubleshoot and repair diesel engines, clutches, electronically controlled transmissions, drive lines, differentials, wheel alignment, steering and suspension systems, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, hydraulic systems, air brake systems, electrical systems, electronic systems, and diesel fuel systems.

Diesel theory is taught in the classroom and hands-on experience is gained in the shop as students learn how to diagnose, inspect, and repair diesel engines and components using specialized instruments, shop manuals, wiring diagrams, and hand tools.

Students develop effective communication and leadership skills as they work both independently and as a team, disassembling, inspecting, repairing, and reassembling diesel engines and heavy equipment. 

The Diesel Equipment Technology Program Curriculum

Students accepted into the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Minnesota State Community & Technical College have the option of choosing three different Associate of Applied Science degree tracks, the General Option track, the Truck Option track, and the Case New Holland sponsored track.

The General Option Track

The General Option is made up of the following industry-related courses:

  • Diesel Equipment Fundamentals
  • Software Systems in Transportation
  • Fuel Systems
  • Power Train I
  • Hydraulics I
  • Diesel Shop Management
  • Trans Elec/Start/Charge
  • Introduction to Engine Theory
  • Introduction to Engines
  • Supervised Occupational Experience I
  • Supervised Occupational Experience II
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Electrical and Equipment Systems
  • Electronic Controls
  • Mobile Hydraulics
  • Transmissions & Drive Systems
  • Advanced Engines and Fuel Systems
  • Heating Ventilation A/C
  • Vehicle Brakes

Students are also required to take College Writing, Intro to Sociology, Introduction to Public Speaking, Essentials of Economics, Fund Computer Concepts, and either Environmental Science Issues, or Technology in the Humanities, and either Contemporary Career Search, or CPR-First Aid, to fulfill the 79 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

The Truck Option Track

The Truck Option is made up of the following classes:

  • Diesel Equipment Fundamentals
  • Software Systems in Transportation
  • Fuel Systems
  • Power Train I
  • Hydraulics I
  • Diesel Shop Management
  • Trans Elec/Start/Charge
  • Introduction to Engine Theory
  • Introduction to Engines
  • Supervised Occupational Experience I
  • Supervised Occupational Experience II
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Electrical and Equipment Systems
  • Electronic Controls
  • Mobile Hydraulics
  • Suspension and Alignment
  • Transmissions & Drive Systems
  • Advanced Engines and Fuel Systems
  • Heating Ventilation A/C
  • Vehicle Brakes

As part of the Truck Option track, students are also required to take College Writing, Intro to Sociology, Introduction to Public Speaking, Essentials of Economics, Fund Computer Concepts, and either Environmental Science Issues, or Technology in the Humanities, and either Contemporary Career Search, or CPR-First Aid, to fulfill the 79 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

The Case New Holland Sponsored Track

The Case New Holland Sponsored track includes the following classes:

  • Case New Holland Supervised Occupational Experience I
  • Case New Holland Supervised Occupational Experience II
  • Case New Holland Supervised Occupational Experience III
  • Diesel Equipment Fundamentals
  • Software Systems in Transportation
  • Fuel Systems
  • Power Train I
  • Hydraulics I
  • Diesel Shop Management
  • Trans Elec/Start/Charge
  • Introduction to Engine Theory
  • Introduction to Engines
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Electrical and Equipment Systems
  • Electronic Controls
  • Mobile Hydraulics
  • Heating Ventilation A/C
  • Contemporary Career Search

As part of the Case New Holland sponsored track, students are also required to take College Writing, Intro to Sociology, Introduction to Public Speaking, Essentials of Economics, Fund Computer Concepts, and either Environmental Science Issues, or Technology in the Humanities, and either Contemporary Career Search, or CPR-First Aid, to fulfill the 79 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Minnesota State Community & Technical College will be prepared for employment as entry-level diesel and heavy equipment mechanics maintaining and repairing trucks and tractor trailers, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, stationary diesel engines, and other diesel equipment.

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 Minnesota was $45,780 yearly and $22.01 hourly, 1% higher than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma

Minnesota State Community & Technical College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Equipment Technology. Minnesota State Community & Technical College also offers a two-year Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma. Both the Associate of Applied Science Degree program and the Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma program are Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).

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