Diesel Power Technology
- Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
- Location: Randolph Center Campus
- Credit Requirements: 62
The associate degree program in Diesel Power Technology answers an increasing need for skilled diesel service technicians for the growing agricultural, heavy-duty truck, and earth-moving equipment service industry. Graduates are prepared to enter the repair, parts, or management aspects of the diesel power service industry. Job categories include general repair technician, parts professional, service advisor, and, with experience, specialty or lead technician, parts manager, or service manager. Self-employment is also possible and a small business management course is included in the curriculum. Graduates are currently or have been previously employed by Milton CAT, Ryder Truck Rental Systems, Woods CRW, Sheldon Mack/Volvo, Champlain Valley Equipment, R.R. Charlebois Inc., Clarke’s Truck Center, J & B International, VTrans, DATTCO Transportation, Casella Waste Management, and many independent repair facilities, fleets, and farms. Several graduates are self-employed.
The program covers all significant skill areas of the repair industry and includes modules on parts and supplies acquisition, record keeping, customer relations, and preventive maintenance. Electronic control of mechanical systems, system design considerations, and the analysis and diagnosis of system failures are examined through the coursework. Students are exposed to agricultural equipment, earth-moving equipment, and heavy-duty trucks and have the opportunity to work part-time at local service providers. A 400-hour summer internship is included which provides students with production experience and an opportunity to assess future employment possibilities.
The coursework covers all systems down to the component level on agricultural equipment, earth-moving equipment, and heavy-duty trucks. All mechanical systems are covered in the curriculum. Electrical, electronic, and hydraulic systems maintenance, diagnosis, and repair are emphasized. A combination of classroom instruction and hands-on lab practical experience is used at a one-to-one ratio. Students must possess their own set of hand tools for use in the lab and for the summer internship program. A tool list is available from the Office of Admissions or the DPT department.
Coursework in English and technical communication, computer software skills, technical math, physics, small business management, and general education are also included.
The curriculum uses the NATEF (National Technician’s Education Foundation) and AED (Associated Equipment Distributors) diesel task mastery specifications to assess successful learning outcomes.
Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Power Technology should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to use the principles of critical thinking in the diagnostic process
- Understand, maintain, and repair advanced electronic systems on trucks and on agricultural and earth-moving equipment
- Perform successfully as an entry to B-level heavy-duty service technician
The program is delivered in a well-equipped, 10,000 square foot industrial space within walking distance of the Randolph Center campus.
Students must possess their own set of hand tools for use in the lab and for the summer internship program. A tool list is available from the Office of Admissions or the DPT department.
Basic electrical and engine diagnosis and repair lecture courses are shared with Automotive Technology faculty; the lab content for these courses is diesel-specific.
Education & Career Opportunities
Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Diesel Power Technology
Vermont Tech Diesel Power Technology student outcomes are strong. The class of 2015 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.
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