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Diesel Technology, Diploma

Location(s): Ankeny



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The Diesel Technology program prepares students for a career in the area of diesel repair. Instruction is in the repair, maintenance and testing of diesel engines, power trains and components of trucks and heavy construction equipment.

This program is accredited by the AED - Associated Equipment Distributors.

Program Details


Pathway: Building Trades & Transportation


More information on this Pathway.

Students may start any semester.


This program is taught between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (3 semesters).

Graduation Requirements


To earn a Diesel Technology diploma or AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and successfully complete the Associated Equipment Distributors Technical Assessment. 

These courses may have a different order of completion.


Semester 1


Option 1 - Select 1 Course


Semester 3


Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 47*


*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate)

   462

464 150
Supplies     80    
Equipment-Tools (approximate) 3000-6000    

Approximate total for the program: $13,227-16,227**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Diagnose mechanical and functional failures.
  • Remove, repair and install various components from diesel equipment.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical and hydraulic systems.
  • Modify existing machinery to improve or adapt from its original design.
  • Make recommendations concerning the repair and maintenance of machinery.
  • Order parts and submit repair bills and estimates for the repair of machinery.
  • Use special tools and equipment to diagnose the condition of machines, systems and components.
  • Plan and organize work requested to repair a machine.
  • Use computers to retrieve information and service equipment.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


  • Be goal-oriented.
  • Be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Be able to follow directions and work well with others.
  • Be able to use mechanical skills and apply theoretical knowledge.
  • Be able to grasp new ideas and concepts rapidly.
  • Ability to read and comprehend new information.
  • Ability to communicate with others in the industry.

What Else Should I Consider about this Diploma program?


  • Graduates have moved into management positions in 3-5 years.
  • Some positions require a Class A CDL license.
  • There is a minimum investment in tools.
  • journeyman status.
  • Possess a strong personal commitment to succeed as a technician.
  • 2020 Annual Median Pay: $50,200 ($24.13/hour)  (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Program Competencies


1. Comprehend basic Diesel systems, components and diagnostic equipment associated with trucks and heavy equipment.

2. Demonstrated good work ethic, teamwork skills, ability to work safely and follow recommended procedures.

Nondiscrimination Statement


Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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