Three Rivers Community College
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Green Diesel Technology
The Green Diesel Technology program at Three Rivers Community College is an instructional program is designed to educate and train students on the latest technology used to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards regarding vehicle emission and control systems. Students learn about alternative fuels, hybrid power trains, multi-fueled engines, and the “green” diesel engine.
Each student is instructed on how to inspect, troubleshoot, and repair green diesel engines, as they learn about green diesel technology in the classroom and acquire hands-on training on the shop floor.
Students also gain technical knowledge and develop important critical thinking skills as they diagnose, disassemble, troubleshoot, repair, and reassemble green diesel engines and system components using advanced diagnostic machines, specialized gauges, measuring tools, wiring diagrams, and hand tools.
Students also develop the verbal and written communication skills that are a vital part of today’s green diesel mechanic’s job skills.
The Green Diesel Technology Curriculum
The Green Diesel Technology program at Three Rivers Community College is made up of the following classes:
- Green Diesel Technician
- Green Diesel Technician II
- Green Diesel Technician III
- Computer Applications
- Technical Math I
- Technical Writing
- Waste Management and RCRA
- Environmental Regulations
- Introduction to Health and Safety
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.
What to Expect After School
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 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 Green Diesel Technology program at Three Rivers Community College will have the skills, education, and training needed to succeed in this fast growing “green” industry, servicing and repairing the green diesel engine and alternative-fueled systems found in a variety of modern hybrid vehicles, including hybrid diesel trucks, buses, and even diesel locomotives.
The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree
Three Rivers Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Green Diesel Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible.