Northeast Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Northeast Community College equips students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to properly service and repair diesel and gas-powered vehicles and equipment.

Students not only learn the fundamentals of the diesel and gas-powered engine in the classroom, they receive over 1,000 hours of hands-on training in the laboratory, as they inspect, test, and repair diesel fuel systems, brakes, air conditioning, electrical systems, power trains, suspension systems, and refrigeration systems. Each individual student will also learn welding for diesel mechanics and receive shop safety training.

Using technical manuals, hand tools, digital diagnostic machines, and specialized instruments, students disassemble, diagnose, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their integrated system components.

To better prepare them for the work world, students also participate in business, math, computer, human relations, and communication classes. All classes are held Monday through Thursday, giving students a three-day weekend. During the summer months, students have the option of participating in an on-the-job internship with local industry partners.

The Diesel Technology Curriculum

The Diesel Technology program contains the following career-relevant classes:

  • Related Welding
  • Related Welding Lab
  • Shop Safety Training
  • Truck Electrical Systems Theory
  • Truck Electrical Systems Lab
  • Truck Power Trains, Brakes & Suspension Systems Theory
  • Truck Air Conditioning Theory
  • Truck Air Conditioning Lab
  • Truck Power Trains, Brakes & Suspension Systems Lab
  • Job Search & Employment
  • Cooperative Internship I
  • Diesel Truck Electronics Theory
  • Diesel Truck Electronics Lab
  • Truck Engine & Fuel Systems Theory
  • Truck Engines & Fuel Systems Lab
  • Transportation Refrigeration Theory
  • Transportation Refrigeration Lab

Students are also required to take Applied Mathematics I, Applied Mathematics II, Career Composition, Human Relations, Personal and Business Finance, and either Basic Computer Applications, Introduction to Community Leadership, Industrial Process Dynamics, or Physics of Building Science, to meet the minimum 65.5 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. All students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Diesel Technology Jobs 

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology program at Northeast Community College have the option of transferring 66 credits to Wayne State University in order to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology. Graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and training needed to gain entry-level employment in the diesel and heavy equipment industry servicing and repairing trucks, buses, agriculture equipment, construction equipment, and diesel locomotives. Potential employers include commercial trucking companies, bus lines, logging companies, mining companies, farms and ranches, construction companies, train yards, and independent service and repair shops. 

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 Nebraska was $40,670 yearly and $19.55 hourly, 10% 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 job experience.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Northeast Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a Truck concentration. This programs is Pell Grant eligible. 

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