Crowder College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Crowder College is designed to train students on how to properly diagnose and repair a variety of industrial diesel equipment such as agricultural equipment, over-the-road trucks, and construction equipment.

Each student will be instructed on how to inspect, test, repair, and maintain diesel engine problems, power trains, hydraulic systems, brake systems, electrical and electronic systems, and other system components, both in the classroom and on the shop floor.

Students acquire technical knowledge and develop important mechanical skills as they diagnose, disassemble, inspect, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and system components on actual trucks using sophisticated diagnostic machines, specialized instruments, shop manuals, power tools, and hand tools. Students will also learn how to perform proper preventive maintenance techniques.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree

The curriculum of the two-year Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree program is composed of the following classes:

  • Shop and Shop Safety
  • Harvesting and Tillage
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Diesel Hydraulics
  • Diesel Engines I
  • Diesel Engines II
  • Diesel Break Systems
  • Electrical/Electronics I
  • Diesel Powertrains
  • Diesel Steering and Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronics
  • Diesel Internship

Students are also required to take Written Communications, Oral Communications, Mathematics, Missouri Constitution, and Computer Apps in order to meet the minimum 63 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Study

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Study program consists of the following courses:

  • Prevent Maintenance
  • Diesel Hydraulics
  • Diesel Engines I
  • Diesel Brake Systems
  • Electricity/Electronics
  • Diesel Powertrains
  • Diesel Steering & Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internship
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronics
  • Diesel Engines II

Students are also required to take College Orientation and Business Computer Apps in order to meet the minimum 48 credit requirements of the Certificate of Study program. In order to graduate, students must complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Occupational Outlook

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Crowder College will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the diesel 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.

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 Missouri was $42,200 yearly and $20.29 hourly, just 7% lower than the national average. 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

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

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