Northeast Mississippi Community College

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Diesel Power Technology  

The Diesel Power Technology program at Northeast Mississippi Community College is an instructional program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to service and repair a variety of diesel equipment, including commercial trucks, farm tractors, and construction equipment.

Students are taught the fundamentals of equipment mechanics in the classroom and acquire hands-on training through laboratory based applications as they inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines, fuel injection systems, clutches, transmissions, chassis, pneumatic systems, hydraulic brake systems, electrical systems, and power trains and diesel-related auxiliary systems using a variety of hand tools, testing equipment, and specialized instruments. Each student will also learn welding for diesel equipment as well as preventive maintenance and service.

Working both independently and in groups, students will develop strong communication, leadership, and analytical skills that are vital to succeed in today’s rapidly changing diesel industry.

The Diesel Power Technology Curriculum

The Diesel Power Technology program at Northeast Mississippi Community College is made up of the following career-specific classes:

  • Fundamentals of Equipment Mechanics
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Rebuilding
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Preventive Maintenance and Service
  • Power Trains
  • Welding for Diesel Equipment
  • Auxiliary Systems Components
From Graduation to Occupation 

The job outlook for diesel mechanics is good and is expected to increase as fast as average for all occupations as the commercial trucking industry continues to grow at a steady rate. Graduates of the Diesel Power Technology program at Northeast Mississippi Community College will have the skills, education, and training needed to succeed in this fast growing industry, servicing and repairing the diesel engine systems found in a variety of vehicles, including commercial trucks, heavy construction equipment, agricultural equipment, and even diesel locomotives. 

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 Undergraduate Certificate

Northeast Mississippi Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Power Technology. Northeast Mississippi Community College also offers a two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Power Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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