Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology

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Program Overview

Diesel Technology is a practical and in-depth technical program designed to provide you with the skills necessary to successfully gain employment as a diesel technician. The majority of the program is devoted to training that is necessary to attain employment in a farm, industrial, or truck dealership. The curriculum is also structured to allow you to seek job opportunities in industrial/heavy equipment, general diesel repair or as a farm mechanic.

You are exposed to a wide variety of situations, including use of electromechanical testing equipment, diesel calibration instruments, and a variety of farm power machinery. You will study all phases of heavy-duty truck and tractor repair, including electrical systems, various transmissions, suspensions, braking, and other related areas. Instruction will also include complete engine overhaul, diesel, gasoline, and natural gas fuel systems, hydraulic systems and air-conditioning. In addition, the program offers courses in biodiesel technology.

As repair methods change, the curriculum is continually updated to provide instruction on the latest tools, equipment and new job procedures as well as instruction on the older models and methods. Learning includes both shop and classroom situations with the majority of time devoted to actual hands-on experience. Applied shop instruction involves individualized live work on customers’ truck and farm equipment.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety practices, tools, fasteners and fittings related to diesel mechanics.
  • Apply the theory of diesel mechanics to specific jobs.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical systems.
  • Diagnose charging, starting and ignition systems.
  • Diagnose and repair fuel systems.
  • Diagnose and repair electronic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair small engines.
  • Diagnose repair and rebuild large engines.
  • Diagnose and repair valve systems.
  • Diagnose and repair cooling and lubrication systems.
  • Diagnose and repair power-train, clutches, transmission and final drives.
  • Diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems.
  • Diagnose and repair brake systems.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills.
  • Construct a resume.

Jason Cook
Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1562
Email: jason.cook@nwktc.edu

Oura Garrett
Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1547
Email: oura.garrett@nwktc.edu

Josh Simmons
Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1547
Email: josh.simmons@nwktc.edu

Doug Hurtt
Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology – Parts
Phone: (785) 890-1524
Email: doug.hurtt@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books, supplies, iPads, clothing and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet. Download a copy of the Automotive Technology Tool List.

Since 2010 the Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology at Northwest Tech has placed 97% of its graduates directly out of school(2010 = 100%; 2011 = 96%; 2012 = 95%; 2013 = 100%). The Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology has great partnerships with industry and pertinent coursework for today’s industry.

Program Length

Two Years
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$35,000 per year

Course Outline

 

Download a PDF version of the course outline for Diesel Technology for Auto Tech graduates here and a copy of the tool list here.

Download a PDF version of the course outline for Diesel Technology Program for Agricultural Equipment here and a copy of the tool list here.

Download a PDF version of the course outline for Diesel Technology for Over the Road Truck here and a copy of the tool list here.

  • Greg Lindberg
  • Gene Overmiller
  • Mike Leerer
  • Steve Jueneman
  • Tanner Kerchal
  • David Oren
  • John Yost
  • James Rayhmer
  • Damon Glover
  • Stacy Lemmon
  • James Cox
  • Robert Webb
  • Rick Strammel

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with admission@nwktc.edu.