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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

 

Students can earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of all required courses. Students may also choose to earn a one-year Certificate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology. 

 

PLAN OF STUDY

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Students in the Diesel program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting.  We invite tool vendors to our campus at the beginning of each fall and spring semester—to display and sell their tools at a discounted price. The Diesel Technology Tool List,  TRID 151 Welding Course Tool List 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)*

$46,860


 Median Wage (US)*

$46,360


 Average entry-level wage, City College grads (2014-2017)

$43,090


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2024)

22%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2026)

9%


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

  

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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