Itawamba Community College

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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Itawamba Community College is designed to educate and train students on how to properly maintain and repair a variety of industrial diesel equipment such as farm tractors, commercial trucks, and construction equipment.

Each student is instructed on how to inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines, power trains, hydraulics, and other system components, both in the classroom and on the shop floor.

Students gain technical knowledge and develop important mechanical skills as they diagnose, disassemble, inspect, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and system components using advanced diagnostic machines, specialized instruments, shop manuals, wiring diagrams, and hand tools. Students can also choose to learn basic welding techniques for diesel equipment technology as part of their training.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Classes

The curriculum of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Itawamba Community College is made up of the following classes:

  • Fundamentals of Equipment Mechanics
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems I
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems II
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems III
  • Diesel Systems I
  • Diesel Systems II
  • Preventive Maintenance and Service
  • Advanced Brake Systems (Air)
  • Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Heating Systems
  • Hydraulics

Students are also required to take Technical Math I, English Composition I,  Public Speaking I, Fundamentals of Microcomputer Applications, Social/Behavioral Science, a Technical Elective, Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, and either College algebra or Natural Science in order to meet the minimum 68 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree. All students in the course must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Occupational Outlook

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.

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Itawamba Community College will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the diesel equipment technology field, including component diagnosis, troubleshooting, repairing, servicing, maintenance, and management. Graduates will be qualified to inspect, service, and repair railroad locomotives, heavy duty trucks, buses, agriculture equipment, and construction equipment. Entry-level diesel mechanics can expect to be paid an annual salary of $28,130 and advance to $65,350 with more experience.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Itawamba Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Equipment Technology as well as a one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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