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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
CPTR1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
DSET1100 Diesel Equipment Fundamentals 2
DSET1106 Fuel Systems 2
DSET1110 Power Train I 3
DSET1112 Hydraulics I 4
DSET1114 Vehicle Brakes 3
- OR -
DSET1116 Fall Supervised Occupational Experience 3
DSET1124 Diesel Shop Management 1
DSET1130 Trans Elec/Start/Charge 4
DSET1132 Introduction to Engine Theory 2
DSET1134 Introduction to Engines 3
DSET1140 Supervised Occupational Experience 1 7
DSET1144 Electrical Troubleshooting 3
DSET2204 Advanced Electrical and Equipment Systems 3
DSET2206 Electronic Controls 3
DSET2210 Mobile Hydraulics 4
DSET2238 Transmissions and Drive Systems 4
DSET2240 Supervised Occupational Experience II 3
DSET2242 Advanced Engines and Fuel Systems 6
HLTH1122 CPR-First Aid 1
- OR -
PDEV1102 Contemporary Career Search 1
TRNS1112 Heating Ventilation A/C 3
MNTC Courses
BIOL1107 Environmental Science Issues
Goal: 2, 3, 10 *
- OR -
HUM2236 Technology in the Humanities
Goal: 2, 6, 8 *
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking
Goal: 1 *
ECON1150 Essentials of Economics
Goal: 2, 5 *
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *
SOC1111 Intro to Sociology
Goal: 2, 5, 7 *

Total Credits: 79

* To complete an AAS degree, courses must be taken from at least 3 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.


About this program

The diesel equipment technician works in an exciting and rapidly changing industry. This program prepares individuals to diagnose and repair 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, and involves instruction in the use of a wide variety of tools and diagnostic testing equipment. Students are prepared for careers in maintenance of trucks and trailers, farm equipment, construction equipment, stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and other related equipment. 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 get hands-on training in all program areas. 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.

Employment information

Graduates of this program will have a variety of opportunities. They range from farm equipment dealerships, construction equipment dealerships, truck dealerships, independent dealerships, fleet operations, independent repair shops, and other related fields. Future positions might include service management, factory representatives, self employment, and management.

Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

The Diesel Equipment Technology program is accredited by The AED Foundation.

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