Diesel Technology

Diesel Tech

Diesel Technology General Info

Interested in a career that keeps America moving? The Diesel Technology program is designed to teach the student repair and maintenance in the areas of trucks/trailers, construction equipment, and agriculture equipment. The Diesel Technology program has a rich history and a tradition of excellence. We train you on trucks/trailers, agriculture, and construction equipment that is “in-service” to make it “real.” The latest technology is incorporated into curriculum and training. Students work in modern shop areas using their own tools, supervised by instructors with real-life experiences in the diesel field.

The program instructs students in theory, industry standards, technical skills (lab work), safety, and required related skills. Equipment from brand names such as Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Case IH, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, John Deere, Eaton, Meritor, Terex, Komatsu and others are studied.

The college has formed industry partnerships that offer student scholarships and sponsorship opportunities.

Award

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree

Length

  • Four Semesters & Two Summer Term
  • Fall semester entry for full-time students

Student Profile

  • Enjoy and have deep interest in mechanical equipment
  • Follow directions and work well with others
  • Self-motivated and a positive work ethic
  • Good math, communication skills, and ability to read and comprehend new information
  • Basic computer skills
  • Physical strength

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTER18
DSL101-EDiesel Shop Safety1
DSL152-EHeavy Duty Electrical Systems6
DSL154-EIntroduction to Equipment Service4
DSL324-EIntroduction to Diesel4
MAT110-AMath for Liberal Arts

OR
3
MAT121-ACollege Algebra4
SPRING SEMESTER19
DSL636-EAir Systems and Breaks4
DSL157-EIntroduction to Diesel Electronics4
DSL158-EHydraulics Fundamentals4
AUT139-CBasic Welding Theory and Applications1
ENG105-AComposition I

OR
3
SPC112-APublic Speaking
OR
3
SPC122-AInterpersonal Communication3
PHI101-AIntroduction to Philosophy
OR
3
PHI142-AEthics in Business
OR
3
PSY251-ASocial Psychology3
SUMMER TERM7
DSL710-EHeating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration4
DSL881-EDiesel Internship I3
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER18
DSL159-EPower Trains/Drive Lines & Suspensions5
DSL810-CTruck and Diesel Lab I10
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
SPRING SEMESTER17
DSL811-EAdvanced Diesel Electronics2
DSL812-EAdvanced Diesel Engines & Fuel Systems2
DSL820-CTruck and Diesel Lab II10
SOC110-AIntroduction to Sociology
OR
3
SOC120-AMarriage and Family
OR
3
PEH115-AWellness Education3
SUMMER TERM7
DSL813-EAdvanced Hydraulics3
DSL824-ETruck and Diesel Lab III4

More Information

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit nwicc.edu/compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Diesel technicians are employed by truck dealerships, truck fleets, owner/operators, construction contractors, farm implement dealers, heavy equipment dealerships and independent repair shops.

With the increasing demand in transporting materials and products, the need for qualified techs continues to rise. There is a high demand for well-trained techs. Placement is 100% in most years and most are employed before graduation. Students should have no problem pursuing a career in this industry.

$15–$17.00 an hour as a beginning wage

You will spend time in the classroom learning theory, work procedures, technical skills, and safety. We’ll take that theory and turn it into reality in our diesel labs. We train our students on the current technologies. You’ll enter the workforce familiar with Cummins, Cat, Detroit, Eaton, Spicer, Meritor, and others.

  • Opportunity to work on a wide variety of equipment and many various brands.
  • Students can work independently on their own projects and will receive help as needed.
  • Local industry also supports the program by donating components and equipment for students to work on.
  • NCC’s Diesel Technology program is currently working toward AED accreditation. (Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation Affiliate)

Student Story Hunter Fiddelke

“The hands-on learning is the best. We’re put right into everything and that’s the best way to learn. I like working on the bigger machines and diagnosing a problem—the challenge of it.”

Diesel Technology student
Sutherland, IA

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Ken Kramer

Nate Engelkes

Tuition & Financial Aid