Diesel Technology - Riverland

Diesel Technology

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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 and combines, planters, tractors, harvest equipment.

Our students begin by learning theory of operation for modern diesel-powered equipment and familiarization and diagnostics of AG 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?
Riverland Diesel Truck
  • Applied Diesel Engines Lab
  • Clutch and Manual Transmission I
  • Agricultural Equipment Technologies I
  • Air & Hydraulic Brakes


   Program Accreditation

Riverland's Diesel Technology program is accrediated by the ASE Educaiton Foundation. ASE is the nation’s first and only accreditation process for automotive training programs, the ASE Education Foundation works to maintain high standards in instruction and other program aspects.


The Results?

  • Schools are recognized for career-preparedness.
  • Employers hire confidently. Consumers can trust the automotive workforce.
  • Students embark upon a fruitful career path.
  • Graduates from ASE accredited training programs succeed in the workplace.
  • Our roads are safer.


    Career Outlook

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.

Future Demand

This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 6,398 new Diesel Technicians to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Where Do Diesel Mechanics Work?

Job Title Examples

Diesel Technician,  Fleet Mechanic,  Medium/Heavy Truck Mechanic,  Certified Mechanic,  Diesel Mechanic,  General Repair Mechanic,  AG Implement Technician


Industry Partners

An industry partner is a company, organization, or business that collaborates with Riverland to provide valuable support, resources, and expertise. This partnership is established to enhance the educational experience and career opportunities for our students.

Arnold's of Alden

Arnold's of Alden 

Nuss Truck & Equipment

Nuss Truck & Equipment  

Sanco Equipment

Sanco Equipment 

Arnold's of Alden

Hammel Equipment

Kibble equipment

Kibble Equipment


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    Program Scholarships

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


Faculty Highlight
DAniel Longsdorf

Daniel Longsdorf
Truck/Diesel Mechanics Instructor

I have worked in the industry for 26 years. I realize there is a big demand for diesel technicians. I want to pass along my expertise to new technicians and to prepare for career in this industry.

Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

Institution Award Degree Curriculum Agreement
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Last Updated: October 2, 2023

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