Diesel Equipment Technician Diploma

Diesel Equipment Technician Diploma

Program Description

The Diesel Equipment Technician Diploma is an eleven-month program that includes an accelerated six-week summer session. This program concentrates on the hydraulic/hydrostatic, power train, electrical/electronics, and engine systems of off-road construction equipment such as crawlers, excavators, backhoes, front end loaders, motor graders, and skid steer loaders as well as on-highway vehicles. Two program options allow students to prepare for careers in maintenance, repair, and diagnostics of diesel equipment.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Apply safe shop and equipment practices;
  • Demonstrate proper use and care of shop and personal tools;
  • Inspect, diagnose, and conduct failure analysis and perform preventative maintenance inspections in electrical, hydraulic, engines and power train systems;
  • Use service resources and software technologies;
  • Apply fundamental skills and concepts to problem solving situations;
  • Communicate effectively in written and speaking in diesel mechanics industry situations;
  • Demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship and professionalism.

Career Opportunities

The Diesel Equipment Technician program allows students to prepare for careers in the maintenance, repair, and diagnostics of diesel equipment. Graduates find employment at original equipment manufacturing dealerships, construction contractors, independent repair facilities, federal, state and local government agencies, and the related forestry, mining, and petroleum industries. Career titles may include: Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician, Diesel Maintenance Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Heavy Truck Technician, Diesel Technician, Diesel Mechanic.

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Foundation.

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Program Admission Requirements

Students enrolled in this program must supply their own basic tool sets. A guideline of what tools are needed is available from admissions. A pre-enrollment drug test is required of all students. Enrolled students will remain in a random drug testing consortium. Diesel Equipment Technician Diploma Drug Testing Video

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

DHET 1103    Introduction to Construction Equipment OR
HEOM 1200  Introduction to Operations……………………… 1 cr
DHET 1107    Electrical Theory………………………………………. 3 cr
DHET 1108    Electrical Lab……………………………………………. 5 cr
DHET 1117    Engine Theory………………………………………….. 3 cr
DHET 1118    Engine Lab……………………………………………….. 5 cr
DHET 1123    Customer Service/Service Management 1……………………………………….. 1 cr
DHET 1125    Hydraulic Theory……………………………………… 3 cr
DHET 1126    Hydraulic Lab……………………………………………. 5 cr
DHET 1128    Power Trains Theory………………………………… 2 cr
DHET 1129    Power Trains Lab……………………………………… 5 cr
DHET 1132* On Highway Vehicle Systems Theory………. 3 cr
DHET 1133* On Highway Vehicle Systems Lab…………….. 4 cr
DHET 1135    Welding for Diesel Equipment…………………. 1 cr
ENGL 1520    Language Fundamentals………………………….. 1 cr
ENGL 1521    Technical Writing Fundamentals……………… 1 cr
ENGL 1522    Writing Fundamentals for Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technicians…………. 1 cr
MATH 1500  Applied Math…………………………………………… 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 47 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

Program News

_H0A8262a-001Two Central Lakes College students placed in the top spots at the 48th annual Minnesota Skills USA Championship, held this past weekend in Bloomington, Minn. Seven students from the Diesel Technician Program represented CLC in both the college and high school divisions. They competed in hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests. The competition focuses on technical skill demonstration. In the High School Diesel Division, CLC student Tommy Hoheisel, of Pierz, took first place and Rustle Warwas, of Eveleth, placed second. Both students are currently attending CLC in the PSEO program. Hoheisel will go on to represent CLC and Minnesota at the national competition, which takes place in Kentucky June 22-26. He will compete against other finalists in his division from across the nation.

Tommy-001Two Central Lakes College students enrolled in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program were recently awarded a $1,000 tool scholarship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Tommy Hoheisel, of Pierz, and Rustle Warwas, of Eveleth, are both PSEO students currently enrolled in the CLC program. In order to receive the $1,000 tool scholarship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the student must be in an AED accredited Diesel/Equipment Technology program and have the highest cumulative GPA. The candidate is chosen by the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program instructor. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a foundation that Mike Rowe (host of the “Dirty Jobs” TV show) started to get people interested and to help them succeed in the Diesel/Equipment technology field. For the scholarship, two students are chosen from each college or high school that is AED accredited. It’s a great honor to be chosen, CLC program staff say. The scholarship money must be used to buy tools, which quite easy to do in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician industry.

Tommy Hoheisel competingCentral Lakes College student Tommy Hoheisel, of Pierz, earned a bronze medal in the SkillsUSA Championships held in Kentucky June 22-26.The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– competed in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields during the championships. Hoheisel, who is attending CLC in the PSEO program, competed in the high school division. In the Diesel Equipment Technology category, Hoheisel cycled through 14 stations, testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, power train systems including chassis, transmissions and carriers. He also had to demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems, air-conditioning systems and general shop skills. Finally, he performed job interview skills and completed a written test. “This was a good experience for Tommy. Tommy competed against many other contestants in the high school division and did very well by bringing home a bronze medal,” said CLC Diesel Technician Program instructor Jeff Klehr. “This competition was against the best of the best in the country and Tommy did very well. All the hard work Tommy did payed off. I am very proud of him and his determination to be the best.”

Program Instructors

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Jeff Klehr

Diesel Mechanics Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5146
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Paul Zimmerman

Diesel Mechanics Instructor
Phone: 218-894-5143
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