Transportation

Diesel Technology

a welding student in a CC lab

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

  • Major dealerships
  • Truck, tractor and automotive shops
  • Specialty shops (hydraulics)
  • Heavy-duty construction companies
  • Agri-businesses
  • Mines
  • Logging companies

 *Standard Occupational Classification System

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

 

Associate of Applied Science degrees are awarded to students who successfully pass the required courses. Students choosing to earn a Certificate of Applied Science replace required math credits with MATH 085 and English credits with ENGL 102.

 

PLAN OF STUDY

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Students in the Diesel program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. Tool Lists and a list of vendors that have previously worked with our students are available online or from the New Student Services Office.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Diesel Engine: Covers the theory, design, operation, diagnosis, repair and service of diesel engines used in trucks, agricultural, marine and stationary applications
  • Overhaul: Machining and dyno-testing are utilized to give students practical experience
  • Power Train, Chassis and Maintenance: Includes the design, operation, diagnosis, and service procedures for power train and chassis components used in heavy-duty equipment, trucks and agricultural applications
  • Hydraulics and Preventative Maintenance: Diagnostic analysis and overhaul of pumps, valves, and cylinders is covered in both the lab and classroom settings
  • Electrical Systems: Covers electrical systems (charging, starting, wiring and schematic systems) on automotive, mid-range, heavy-duty trucks and off-road equipment
  • Fuel Injection Systems: Training on manual and electronic fuel injection systems
  • Develop and maintain occupational relationships
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers
  • Proficient in mathematical skills necessary for technical fields

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 

Diesel Mechanic

 

CAREER CLOSEUP

Job Outlook and Pay Info

 

Median Wage (MT)*

$40,505


 Median Wage (US)*

$41,105


 Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)

$35,309


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2016)

11%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2018)

12%


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

  

>  Graduate Placement Data

 

 

SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.