About This Program

​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

Program Requirements

If you are still in high school, we recommend that you take the following courses to help prepare for this program:

  • Speech
  • Algebra I
  • Applied Math
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • General Business
  • Industrial Arts

Program Entry Requirements

You can start any term and will need to do the following:

Graduation Requirements

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.