Description - Riverland

Diesel Technology

Why choose this program at Riverland?

What about a career in Diesel Equipment repair?
The Diesel Technology program offers the appeal of a wide variety of challenges as you learn to diagnose and solve diesel equipment problems on commercial vehicles. Our students begin by learning theory of operation for modern diesel-powered equipment. You will soon progress to basic maintenance procedures and minor repairs. Advanced training in this comprehensive program includes diagnostic skills for many vehicle systems including those that are electronically controlled.

You can look forward to working in a state-of-the-art lab and guidance from highly-qualified instructors who frequently attend industry training. Our courses keep lecture and classroom study to a minimum, emphasizing a "hands-on" approach to training. An active advisory committee made up of local employers assures that the program's curriculum remains current. An internship is included in our program plan.

What will I study?

  • Demonstrate punctuality, attitude toward training and the workmanship expected to meet medium and heavy duty truck repair industry standards.
  • Exhibit shop safety procedures in a truck service work area, following environmentally sound industry practices.
  • Interpret truck service information using Original Equipment Manufacturer’s systems (SIS).
  • Demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking in solving problems related to truck service.
  • Perform basic computer functions and operate software programs currently used in medium and heavy duty truck service.
  • Achieve a passing score on at least one national skills standards assessment test. (SkillsUSA/ ASE).
  • Understand the theory and application of appropriate welding equipment.
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What are my career options after graduating this program?

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. There will be a need for about 1,930 new Diesel Mechanics to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Sample Job Titles

  • Diesel Technician
  • Fleet Mechanic
  • Medium/Heavy Truck Mechanic

Are there any special scholarships related to this program I can apply for?

The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Program specific scholarships available:

Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

Institution Award Degree Curriculum Agreement
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Last Updated: June 12, 2018

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