Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology

Career Opportunities
Your career opportunities include working as a diesel service technician or a diesel mechanic. In addition, our graduates frequently open their own businesses. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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The median annual wage for career opportunities for graduates of similar programs, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Award Types: AAS Degree, 2-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 67 (AAS), 61 (Diploma)

Do you want to work on the big diesel rigs? Are you looking for a career in the transportation trades with incredible growth and opportunity? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Diesel Technology degree or diploma. As a Diesel Technician, you’ll use a variety of skills to prepare, diagnose, repair and maintain diesel engines to keep them running smoothly. You’ll learn how to utilize test equipment to evaluate and troubleshoot running engines and cover comprehensive knowledge of electrical systems, transmissions and air conditioning.

The Diesel Technology program will have a common core curriculum for the first year and will allow students to specialize in either Transportation or Agricultural/Construction emphasis for their second year of instruction.

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This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.

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Award Types: AAS Degree, 2-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 67 (AAS), 61 (Diploma)


Lee Pothast
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Lee has been a training instructor in a Technical school as well as factory training in industry for John Deere and AGCO. He is knowledgeable in many forms of off highway vehicles from lawn and garden/compact utility tractors to High Horse Power tractors and construction equipment.

Lee has been an ASE Master Tech since 1991 and worked with multiple types of off highway diesel and computer networking systems in the corporate setting for years. His Bachelor's Degree is in Agriculture Systems Technology and his Master’s Degree in Mechanized Systems Management. He also obtained minors in Business, Economics and AGLEC (Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications).

The last 15 years have been centered on off highway diesel equipment product health and training in a corporate and tech school setting.

Education: MS, University of Nebraska Lincoln; BS, South Dakota State University
Nicholas Lanphere
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Nicholas began with Southeast Tech in July of 2015, originally from Wisconsin he spent several years working in a truck repair shop and the last few years as an instructor and a corporate trainer for a large truck dealer on the west coast. When not working he enjoys hunting, fishing and riding his ATV with his family.

Education: AAS, WyoTech
Kevin Shotkoski
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Kevin began working at Southeast Tech July of 2016. He has taught for 21 years in Diesel and Automotive. Before that he enjoyed serving in the US Army, worked for a GM Dealership and an AGCO Dealership. Kevin is originally from Nebraska and he enjoys shooting sports. He also enjoys hunting, 3D shoots and riding his motorcycle.

Education: AOS, WyoTech; ASE master certified in Diesel and Automotive with Advanced L1, L2
Chase Bardsley
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Chase began working at Southeast Tech in August of 2017. Originally from Arizona, he spent several years at a local Ford dealership doing automotive and diesel repair and also owned his own Diesel repair business. When not working he enjoys outdoor activities and working on diesel projects.
Education: AOS, Universal Technical Institute; ASE certified in Automotive and Diesel.





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