Grand River Technical School

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Diesel Services Technology*  

The Diesel Services Technology program at Grand River Technical School is an institutional member of the nationally recognized Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) and is a one-year program with an optional second year.

Through classroom instruction and hands-on training, students learn the fundamentals of equipment mechanics and develop their mechanical and problem solving skills as they inspect, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines, brake systems, power trains, hydraulic systems, air conditioning and heating systems, diesel fuel systems, electrical systems, and diesel electronic systems. Students also learn welding and preventive maintenance for diesel mechanics.

Using technical manuals, hand tools, computerized diagnostic machines, and specialized instruments, students disassemble, diagnose, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their system components. Each student will develop valuable analytical, communication, and leadership skills as they work independently and in teams.

Diesel Services Technology Objective

The objective of the Diesel Services Technology program at Grand River Technical School is to educate and train students on the following subjects:

  • Fasteners, Welding, and Torque
  • Precision Measurement
  • Industrial Gas Engines
  • Arctic Cat ATV
  • Mechanical Diesel Engines
  • Electronic Diesel Engines
  • Electrical Systems
  • Power Trains
  • Hydraulics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Machine Pre-Delivery
  • Failure Analysis

After completing the Diesel Services Technology program, students have the option of transferring to North Central Missouri College for one year to pursue and complete an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students may then transfer to Northwest Missouri State University to pursue a Bachelor Degree if they so choose. All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate.

From Graduation to Occupation 

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Services Technology program at Grand River Technical School will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to gain employment in the heavy equipment repair industry. Career opportunities include securing an entry-level position as a certified technician, parts specialist, salesperson, diesel engineer, design, and management. Diesel mechanics who excel in technical math, problem solving, computers, and public relations are highly sought after in this ever-growing and rapidly changing field.

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

Grand River Technical School offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Services Technology. Grand River Technical School also offers a 9-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Services Technology and a 9-month Undergraduate Certificate in Advanced Diesel Services Technology. All three programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is an institutional member of the nationally-recognized Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC).

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