Ozarks Technical Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Ozarks Technical Community College program is Master Certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This instructional program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to service and repair medium and heavy trucks.

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology program focuses on the eight ASE certification categories, including Diesel Engines, Drive Trains, Brakes, Steering and Suspension, Electrical and Electronics, Preventive Maintenance, Gas Engines, and Heating and Air Conditioning. Each class includes hands-on tasks that will allow students to acquire and develop the analytical, technical, and mechanical skills needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing diesel technology job field.

Each student will become accustomed to using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, measuring instruments, gauges, shop manuals, and hand tools to troubleshoot, disassemble, inspect, repair, and reassemble various diesel engines and system components. By working independently and in groups to complete each assignment with accuracy, thoroughness, and speed, students learn the value of teamwork and effective time management skills. Workplace ethics, safety, and interpersonal communication skills will also be stressed throughout the program.

The Diesel Technology Associate Degree Program*

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree program is made up of the following career-specific classes:

  • Diesel Preventive Maintenance
  • Diesel Engine Repair
  • Diesel Brakes
  • Electrical I
  • Electrical II
  • Advanced Diesel Engines
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Heavy Duty Drives
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Diesel Diagnostics and Repair
  • Capstone/Co-op/Internship/Elective

Students are also required to take Composition I, Communications, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Occupational Seminar to fulfill the 64 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students may also be required to take the Entry Level Class A CDL Driving class and obtain their class A commercial driver’s license (CDL). 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 Achievement*

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Achievement program is comprised of the following courses:

  • Diesel Preventive Maintenance
  • Diesel Engine Repair
  • Diesel Brakes
  • Electrical I
  • Electrical II
  • Advanced Diesel Engines
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Heavy Duty Drives

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

 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.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Ozarks Technical Community College will have the skills, education, and training needed to succeed in the fast growing diesel industry, servicing and repairing the diesel engine systems found in a variety of vehicles, including over-the-road trucks, heavy construction equipment, farm equipment, and even diesel locomotives. 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.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

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

*Program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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