• Diesel Equipment Technology

    You can learn the skills you’ll need for a career in the rapidly expanding field of diesel technology at M State. Our instructors are industry experts, and our graduates are in demand as diesel technicians in businesses and industries throughout the region.

Diesel Equipment Technology

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Diesel Equipment Technology

As a student in our Diesel Equipment Technology program, you'll work with state-of-the-art equipment in the diesel training facility on our Moorhead campus and through supervised work experiences. We have four Diesel Equipment Technology program options, and our program is accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

M State's Diesel Equipment Technology programs include:

  • AAS degree (79 credits)
  • AAS degree (79 credits) sponsored by Case IH or New Holland - Sponsored through the Forging the Future Partnership program, this was the first CNH partnership in the nation and requires students to perform supervised occupational work experiences at Case IH or New Holland dealerships.
  • AAS degree (79 credits) Truck Option
  • Diploma (65 credits)


Here’s what you’ll learn

As a student in M State's Diesel Equipment Technology program, you'll be trained to diagnose and repair all components including:

  • Diesel engines
  • Clutches and transmissions
  • Starting and suspension systems
  • Wheel alignment
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Drive lines
  • Differentials
  • Hydraulic and air brake systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Electronically controlled fuel systems and transmissions

You'll be prepared for a career in the maintenance of trucks and trailers, farm equipment, construction equipment, stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and other related equipment.


Schreiner advances to national SkillsUSA competition in Diesel Technology

April 20, 2017

Minnesota State Community and Technical College student Zach Schreiner is advancing to the national SkillsUSA competiton after winning first place in the recent Minnesota SkillsUSA annual event in Bloomington.

Schreiner, a second-year student in the Diesel Equipment Technology program on M State's Moorhead campus, was the top state competitor in the Diesel Equipment Technology category. The national event is June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky.

A 2015 graduate of Sauk Rapids High School, Schreiner is currently completing an internship at Nelson International in Fargo and plans to continue working at the company following his M State graduation in May. He also received an Academic Excellence Award for his academic achievements at M State during an awards ceremony at the college April 17.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in a trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

Pictured are Zach Schreiner (second from left) with M State Diesel instructors (left to right) David Eliason, James Bainer, Richard Weber and Greg Peterson.


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes and personalized instruction
  • Participant in the Association of Diesel Specialists TechSmart program
  • Accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation
  • Majority of instruction time spent in diesel lab working on live work or training models
  • Opportunity to participate in industry partnerships and internships


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

Diesel Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Jim Bainer

Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor
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David Eliason

Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor
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Preston Nygaard

Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor
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Greg Peterson

Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor
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Richard Weber

Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor
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Diesel Equipment Technology

 Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist regional wage

Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Diesel Equipment Technology program will have employment opportunities as Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist.

Description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

For more information visit Career Coach.

Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach


Bus and truck mechanic and diesel engine specialist employment

924 Employed in your area

35 Estimated annual job openings

198 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 90 10%
25-34 193 21%
35-44 187 20%
45-54 256 28%
55-64 165 18%
65+ 33 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

Data source: Career Coach


Diesel benefits from support of Titan Machinery, CNH Industrial

Dec. 21, 2016

Titan Machinery and CNH Industrial recently presented a check to Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead/Moorhead Community and Technical College Foundation as the first installment of a $100,000 commitment to support the Diesel Equipment Technology program and the new Transportation Center on the Moorhead campus. Read more about M State's partnership with Titan Machinery and CNH Industrial.


RDO Truck Centers, M State announce new partnership

June 1, 2016

M State and RDO Truck Centers have announced a partnership in support of the new Transportation Center and the Diesel Equipment Technology program on the college's Moorhead campus. With its $100,000 donation to the center, RDO secured naming rights to the larger of the two diesel program labs housed in the Transportation Center. Read more about RDO's collaboration with M State.


Industry connections

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.

Students in the Case IH or New Holland Forging the Future program may receive partial reimbursement for tuition and tools, employment with Case IH or New Holland during the academic year and the summer, and uniforms for school and work.


Professional links



M State's Diesel Equipment Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.

Last modified: September 15th, 2017 at 01:42pm