• 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.


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


Doosan Bobcat supports diesel program with equipment donations

Oct. 17, 2017

Doosan Bobcat North America has donated three Bobcat® machines to Minnesota State Community and Technical College to support the Diesel Equipment Technology program on the college's Moorhead campus.

"Our partnership with Doosan Bobcat has spanned many years, benefitting countless technicians and students with hands-on training and observation," said Jim Bainer, Diesel Equipment Technology instructor. "We are appreciative of this donation and the impact it will have on current and future technicians."

Bainer said the donated equipment gives M State diesel students an opportunity to troubleshoot, service, repair and rebuild compact equipment and learn advanced equipment technologies. The M State program also provides top instruction for service technicians employed at Bobcat equipment dealerships.

Read the complete story here.


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

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Jim Bainer

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David Eliason

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Greg Peterson

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Richard Weber

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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.


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.

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