Diesel Technology


Core Courses

  • Technical Procedures for Power Mechanics Techs
  • Gas Engine Rebuild
  • Diesel Engine Rebuild
  • Electronics
  • Fuel Systems
  • Advanced Diesel Engines, Emissions, and Fuel Systems
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • EFI Engine Systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Ag Power Transfer Systems
  • Diesel Truck Power Transfer Systems
  • Equipment Repair I and II

Purchasing Tools

Second year students in the Diesel Technology will need to purchase tools. First year students rent tools from Hawkeye Community College.

View the Required Tools List [pdf]

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 72

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates find jobs as mechanics, service technicians, and diesel engine specialists in implement dealerships, factories, construction, independent shops, heavy equipment shops, engine machine shops, truck stops, heavy equipment dealerships, consumer product dealerships, independent farms, independent repair shops, and consumer product dealerships.

This profession is expected to grow by 18%* through 2024 in Iowa.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists $28,900 $42,500 $49,300
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians $31,400 $41,800 $47,000
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics $38,229 $52,776 $63,507

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Altorfer, Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Valley Corp., LLC Waterloo, IA
Deike Implement Co. Waverly, IA
Don’s Truck Sales Fairbank, IA
Growmark Waterloo, IA
Harrison Truck Centers Waterloo, IA
MHC Kenworth Cedar Rapids, IA
P&K Midwest Waterloo and Keystone, IA
Ryder Truck Rental and Leasing Cedar Falls, IA
Thompson Truck and Trailer, Inc. Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, IA
Titan Machinery Waverly, IA
Warren Transport, Inc. Waterloo, IA
Ziegler CAT Mason City and Postville, IA

Contact Us

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Program Advisor Glen Adolphs Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1327 Butler Hall 110
Program Advisor Greg Lawrence Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1118 Butler Hall 110
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email me 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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