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The Diesel/Ag Technology program at Tri-County Career Center provides high school students with the knowledge and training required to properly maintain and repair agriculture equipment and heavy equipment.
Through hands-on training, students will learn how to inspect, diagnose, and repair multiple types of diesel engines and equipment using computerized diagnostic machines, wiring diagrams, tech manuals, and hand tools, as they disassemble, inspect, troubleshoot, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their integrated computer-controlled systems.
Students will also gain valuable hands-on experience in diagnosing and repairing both gasoline and diesel-powered engines, drive trains, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, transmissions, suspension and steering systems, and heating and cooling systems. Welding, spray painting, body repair, and planned maintenance will also be taught and practiced.
Each student will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as effective time management skills, as they work independently and in teams to complete every assignment in a thorough and efficient manner. Shop safety and a positive work attitude will also be stressed throughout the two-year program.
Areas of Study
The Diesel/Ag Technology program focuses on the following areas of study:
- Service and repair of all sizes of engines, both gasoline and diesel.
- Service and repair of drive trains, hydraulics and electrical systems.
- Transmission, suspension and steering repair.
- Heating and cooling systems repair.
- Spray painting and body repair.
- Planned maintenance.
Students are required to finish each class and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate from the program.
From High School to College
Students who successfully complete the Diesel/Ag Technology program at Tri-County Career Center will be equipped with the basic knowledge and training needed to pursue an Associates of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology, or a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering.
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 Ohio was $43,610 yearly and $20.97 hourly, just 3% lower than the national average.
Tri-County Career Center offers professional certification in Diesel/Ag Technology for high school students. This program is open to high school students only.