Copiah-Lincoln Community College

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Diesel Equipment Technology

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Copiah-Lincoln Community College is designed to provide students with the technical skills and specialized knowledge required to maintain and repair various industrial diesel equipment including commercial trucks, farming equipment, and construction equipment.

Students learn the fundamentals of equipment mechanics as well as how to inspect, service, and repair engines, power trains, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, brake systems, suspension and steering systems, and air conditioning and heating systems.

Each student will also be given basic instruction in welding for diesel equipment technology as well as the proper techniques for performing preventive maintenance and inspections.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Courses

Students will receive a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training as they learn about diesel equipment technology in the following career-specific classes:

  • Fundamentals of Equipment Mechanics
  • Hydraulic Brake System
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems I
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems II
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems III
  • Power Trains
  • Diesel Systems I
  • Diesel Systems II
  • Preventive Maintenance & Service
  • Hydraulics
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Welding for Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Advanced Brake System (Air)
  • Air Conditioning & Heating Systems

Students will also be required to take English Composition I, Public Speaking, Social/Behavioral Science, Math/Science, Humanities/Fine Arts, and an approved Computer Elective to meet the minimum 68 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree or Technical Certificate program. All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible to graduate.

After Diesel Mechanic School 

With a proven 87.5 % job placement rate, students who successfully complete the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Copiah-Lincoln Community College can expect to secure entry-level employment in the diesel equipment technology job field with local heavy equipment dealers like Puckett CAT. Most students of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Copiah-Lincoln Community College graduate with a median loan debt of $3,750.

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 Mississippi was $36,430 yearly and $17.51 hourly, 19% lower than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Technical Certificate

Copiah-Lincoln Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Equipment Technology. Copiah-Lincoln Community College also offers a two-year Technical Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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