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Diesel Technology

The Diesel Technology Program provides specialized training in engine overhaul, electrical systems, torque converters, power trains and diesel equipment testing. First year students learn the basics of large equipment diesel engines and gain practical application of classroom training. During the second year of study, students develop skills in electronic engine control and diagnostic evaluations. Internships with employers are available and, upon successful completion of the two-year program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate safety practices when working in a diesel engine shop.
  • Apply the theory of diesel technology to the service and repair of equipment.
  • Utilize mathematical reasoning and communication skills in relation to diesel mechanics profession.
  • Perform tasks necessary for an entry-level position in diesel mechanics profession.
  • Demonstrate ability to handle computers and hand-held diagnostic equipment, to make engine adjustments and diagnose problems.
  • Demonstrate competence in mobile air conditioning, diagnostics, and the service of A/C systems.
  • Proficiency in reading basic wiring diagrams and recognize electrical symbols.
  • Identify all Federal and State Standards in regard to OSHA and EPA regulations in a diesel shop.
  • Identify the various electronic controls of a Cat, Detroit, and Cummins engine.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
OSHA-110 OSHA Training 1
DT-101 Diesel Shop Equipment & Tool Safety 2
DT-102 Diesel Engines I 5
DT-103 Drive Trains 5
SS-102 Tech Connect 0

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
DT-104 Hydraulics 5
DT-105 Electrical/Electronic Systems 5
DT-106 Mobile HVAC 3

Third Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
DT-201 Diesel Shop Management 2
DT-202 Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems 5
DT-203 Advanced Diesel Engines 5
DT-204 Diesel Engine Emission 1

Fourth Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
DT-205 Brakes 3
DT-206 Suspension & Steering 3
DT-207 Alternative Fuels & Bio-Fuel 2
DT-208 Truck & Heavy Equipment RepairOR 6
DT-209 Internship 6

General Education Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name Credits
COM-103 English Composition I T▸ 3
COM-105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication T▸ 3
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸OR 3
MA-110 Intermediate AlgebraOR 3
MA-111 College Algebra T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3
Total Required Hours

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
Shop Mechanic $32,000
Line Mechanic $32,000
Field Mechanic $32,000
Product Support Technician $32,000
Shop Service Technician $34,000
Partsmen $34,000
Service Dispatch Manager $34,000

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Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Business & Industry Concentration (B.S.)
Career & Technical Education Concentration (B.S.)

This Program is available in Beloit

Department Chair

Beloit: Roger Meier

Program Instructors

Tom Tsao