You may choose to complete either:
The program is located on our Ankeny Campus. Classes start both fall and spring semesters.
Here are some things you should consider about this program as a career choice:
- Graduates move into management positions in 3-5 years.
- Some positions require a CDL license.
- There is a minimum investment in tools.
- Graduates will usually be required to serve 2-3 years as an apprentice.
- Possess a strong personal commitment to succeed as a technician.
- Average starting salary for Diploma recipients is $30,000.
- Average starting salary for AAS Degree recipients is $35,000.
After completing the Diesel Technology program, you'll be prepared for a career in diesel repair. Here are some examples of the type of work that you'll do:
- Diagnose mechanical & functional failures
- Remove, repair, and install various components from diesel equipment
- Diagnose and repair electrical and hydraulic systems
- Make recommendations concerning the repair and maintenance of machinery
- Modify existing machinery to improve or adapt from its original design
- Order parts and submit repair bills and estimates for repair of machinery
- Use special tools and equipment to diagnose the condition of machines, systems, and components
- Plan and organize work requested to repair a machine
- Use computer to retrieve information and service equipment
If you are still in high school, we recommend that you take the following courses to help prepare for this program:
- Algebra I
- Applied Math
- Auto Mechanics
- General Business
- Industrial Arts
Program Entry Requirements
You can start any term and will need to do the following:
To earn a Diesel Technology diploma or AAS degree, you must complete all course work as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.