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Diesel Technology: Trucking

Associate Degree Program - 65 Credits

Diesel Technicians diagnose, repair and maintain diesel engines. Your work as a professional Diesel Tech will include assessing work scope, following installation/maintenance checklists and installing parts. In just two years at STC, you will be ready to launch your career!

Your other duties as a top diesel technician might include: 

  • Consulting technical manuals for procedures 
  • Using computerized diagnostic equipment 
  • Testing parts and systems 
  • Performing regular maintenance 
  • Discussing repair procedures with customers  

You will be in demand as an STC graduate. The field for Diesel Technicians is expected to grow 3% through 2029, with the best job prospects available to those who have a postsecondary degree, according to the Bureau of Labor. Take advantage of the job growth now! 

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Southeast Tech's Diesel Technology: Trucking program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2022 graduates.*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.

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What Will You Learn?

Your coursework in Diesel Technology will cover brakes, steering, power trains, electrical systems, suspension, air conditioning and hydraulics. Your classes also help you: 

Know your Tools: Diesel Technicians use pneumatic tools, lathes, welding equipment and grinding machines. You also will become adept at using hand tools, including wrenches, pliers, hammers, screwdrivers and files.

Problem Solve: Your critical-thinking skills will be valuable. As a diesel technician, you will need to be methodical in your work: identify the problem, evaluate options, estimate results, identify best response, prioritize work, and implement solution. 

Be a Valuable Team Member: As a talented diesel technician from Southeast Tech, you will know how to interact with customers and co-workers, as well as demonstrate a strong work ethic and professional behavior.

Work Opportunities  

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and across the nation, you will be in demand as a service technician or mechanic. Your field is also a great place to start as an entrepreneur!

Explore Classes  

Southeast Tech’s curriculum for Diesel Technology includes classes in Hydraulic Theory, Diesel Theory, Auxiliary Drive Theory, Electro-Hydraulics, Powertrain Theory and Total Machine Control.

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Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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