Diesel Technology

a COT diesel student works on a piece of heavy equipment
POTENTIAL JOB TITLE

Diesel Mechanic
(*SOC Code 49-3042.00)

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

Major dealerships
Truck, tractor and automotive shops
Specialty shops (hydraulics)
Heavy-duty construction companies
Agri-businesses
Mines
Logging companies


*Standard Occupational Classification System
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Associate of Applied Science degrees are awarded to students who successfully pass the required courses. Students choosing to earn a Certificate of Applied Science replace required math credits with MATH 085 and English credits with ENGL 102.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Diesel Engine: Covers the theory, design, operation, diagnosis, repair and service of diesel engines used in trucks, agricultural, marine and stationary applications
  • Overhaul: Machining and dyno-testing are utilized to give students practical experience
  • Power Train, Chassis and Maintenance: Includes the design, operation, diagnosis, and service procedures for power train and chassis components used in heavy-duty equipment, trucks and agricultural applications
  • Hydraulics and Preventative Maintenance: Diagnostic analysis and overhaul of pumps, valves, and cylinders is covered in both the lab and classroom settings
  • ElectricalSystems: Covers electrical systems (charging, starting, wiring and schematic systems) on automotive, mid-range, heavy-duty trucks and off-road equipment
  • Fuel Injection Systems: Training on manual and electronic fuel injection systems
  • Develop and maintain occupational relationships
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers
  • Proficient in mathematical skills necessary for technical fields
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $40,505
Median Wage (US)* $41,105
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $35,309
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
11%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
12%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Diesel program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. Tool Lists and a list of vendors that have previously worked with our students are available online or from the New Student Services Office.

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION

Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.


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