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Diesel Technology*  

The Diesel Technology program at Northland Career Center is an instructional program that meets the requirements for the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation Master Accreditation (NATEF), which is the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF. The program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level diesel technician position.

Students are taught the fundamentals of diesel mechanics in the classroom and develop their mechanical skills through laboratory based applications as they inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines and their system components and learn about preventive maintenance, shop management, and parts work for transportation, construction, stationary, and mobile diesel equipment applications.

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

The Diesel Technology program at Northland Career Center is designed so that high school students can complete the program in two years by attending three hours a day and adult students can finish the program in one year by attending six hours a day. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive 24 college credits from Linn State Technical College.

The Diesel Technology Program of Study

The Diesel Technology program at Northland Career Center contains the following career-specific classes:

  • Safety
  • Basic Diesel Engines
  • Fundamental Power Train
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Mobile HVAC
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Shop Organization
From Education 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 Technology program at Northland Career Center 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, diesel locomotives, and stationary diesel power generators. 

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 Two-Year Entry Level Certificate

Northland Career Center offers a two-year Entry Level Certificate in Diesel Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is (ASE) certified National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

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