• Central Lakes College Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is AED certified.
• Instructors have many years experience in the industry.
• Very high placement rate
• Well equipped shop with great deal of time working hands on of real equipment to simulate the demands of working in a real shop
• When you graduate you can get a rewarding career working on construction equipment, agriculture equipment and trucks in a dealership or a contractor or open your own shop.
• 11 month program gets you out in the work force to enjoy your career and earn a good living
• Opportunity to obtain your CDL (Commercial Drivers License)
Enjoy a rewarding career as a Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician. Today's construction equipment, agricultural equipment and heavy trucks are a lot more complex than the equipment was years ago. Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technicians are needed that can repair and diagnose the complex equipment that shape our world. That someone could be you. Your career as a diesel and heavy equipment technician starts at Central Lakes College.
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. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma is an eleven-month program consisting of a Fall and Spring semester plus an accelerated six-week summer session. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree consists of all coursework from the Technician Diploma program plus an additional 20 elective credits.
Two 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.
Two 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.