Diesel Technology - Ag
Degrees and Programs
The diesel technology agriculture concentration will teach you the basic knowledge and skills needed to service and repair diesel and gas-powered equipment. In addition to classroom study, students receive over 1,000 hours of lab training and 360 hours of actual experience through a summer cooperative internship program.
You'll learn to repair and test diesel fuel systems, engines, hydraulic systems, electronic control systems, power trains, brakes, electrical systems, and air conditioning systems, as well as gaining experience with various hand tools and test equipment. Related courses in math, computers, communications, human relations, and personal and business finance are included to prepare students for the world of work and to enhance technical skills.
Classes are held Monday through Thursday, allowing for a three-day weekend. Wayne State College will accept up to 66 credit hours from Northeast to apply to a bachelor of science degree in technology. (Enrollment in this program is limited and based on the date of completed requirements for acceptance into this program. )
We also have an established summer internship program that will provide you with on-the-job training. This is a great way to network with future employers.
Increasingly, diesel technicians must be versatile to adapt to customers’ needs and new technologies. It is common for technicians to handle all kinds of repairs, working on an electrical system one day and doing major engine repairs the next. Diesel maintenance is becoming increasingly complex, as more electronic components are used to control the operation of an engine. Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow over the next decade. Many skilled technicians are expected to retire and will need to be replaced.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average salary for farm equipment mechanics in Nebraska is $34,902.