Diesel Equipment Technology

Diploma - 65 credits

About this program
The diesel equipment technician works in an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Students in this program receive the diagnostic and service training needed to be successful in their chosen field. Entering students should have good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to comprehend service literature. The program prepares individuals to diagnose and repair all components, including diesel engines, transmissions, drive lines, differentials, hydraulic and air brake systems, electrical systems, electronically controlled fuel systems and transmissions. Students receive instruction in the use of a wide variety of tools and diagnostic testing equipment. Students are prepared for careers requiring them to inspect, diagnose, repair and maintain trucks, trailers, farming equipment, diesel and construction equipment, stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment. Instruction includes diagnosing, disassembling, repairing and adjusting systems and parts, vehicle service, air brake systems, brakes, starting and suspension systems, wheel alignment, fuel systems, differentials, electronic fuel control, clutch and transmissions, air conditioning and refrigeration. About two-thirds of the instruction time is spent in the diesel lab working on live work and training models. Students learn to diagnose problems and disassemble, recondition and replace faulty parts, and they get hands-on training on such components as electrical, transmissions, air conditioning, brakes, fuel system hydraulics and engines. This program is an Association of Diesel Specialists TechSmart program participant.
Program outcomes
  1. Demonstrate professionalism and related soft skills.
  2. Apply theory of vehicle operating systems.
  3. Diagnose vehicle operating systems.
  4. Repair vehicle operating systems.
  5. Interpret service information.
  6. Exhibit safety practices and procedures.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org Phone: 312.263.0456 / 800.621.7440