Diesel Equipment Technology

Nature of Work

Diesel-powered engines are more efficient and durable than their gasoline-burning counterparts. These powerful engines are standard in trucks, locomotives, and buses. They are becoming more prevalent in light vehicles, including passenger vehicles, pickups, and other work trucks. Diesel service technicians and mechanics repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment. Other diesel technicians and mechanics work on other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines. Others repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks, or boats.

Increasingly, diesel technicians must be versatile enough to adapt to customers' needs and to new technologies. Diesel maintenance is becoming increasingly complex as more electronic components are used to control the operation of an engine. New emissions standards may require mechanics to retrofit engines with emissions control systems to comply with pollution regulations. Diesel service technicians use a variety of tools in their work, including power tools such as pneumatic wrenches that remove bolts quickly; machine tools such as lathes and grinding machines to rebuild brakes; welding and flame-cutting equipment to remove and repair exhaust systems; and jacks and hoists to lift and move large parts. Diesel service technicians and mechanics also use a variety of computerized testing equipment to pinpoint and analyze malfunctions in electrical systems and engines.

Career Outlook

Diesel service technicians and mechanics held about 250,800 jobs in 2012. The majority worked for private companies, but about 10 percent worked for the government. The industries that employed the most diesel service technicians and mechanics in 2012 were as follows:

Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 through 2022.

Learn more about our Diesel Equipment Technology program College Catalog

Credentials You Can Earn

Diesel Equipment Technology

Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician

Diesel Engine Service Technician

Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician

Heavy Diesel Service Technician

Program Expenses

The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:

Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)

Outside Vendor Fees Prior To Beginning DIET Courses

  • Tools (Approximately $1,000)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  • Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  •  Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program

  • Textbooks (Approximately $700)
  • Supply Fees (Varies — See course descriptions for exact amount)

These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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