Associate in Applied Science or Diploma

Diesel Technology (General Diesel)

Contact Information 

Terry Marohl, department chair
Bisek Hall 111

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton

The Diesel Technology program is designed to prepare students for the many employment opportunities in the diesel industry.

This unique program allows students to enter the program at the beginning of any eight-week period. This program gives students the option of earning a diploma or applied science degree. Students are given extensive training and practical experiences in servicing all types of engines, drive trains, hydraulic systems and electrical systems found on trucks, agricultural and industrial equipment.

Students enrolled in Diesel Technology learn the theory of operation along with the latest repair and diagnostic procedures available in the diesel industry. Training facilities are in excellent condition and labs are very well-equipped.

Green technology is addressed through changes in emission standards and alternative fuels that will continue to advance changes in this industry. 

Students graduating from Diesel Technology are fully employable upon completion of this program. Diesel Technology graduates are employed by agricultural, industrial (truck and heavy equipment), construction equipment companies, mining industries or fleet owners. Some students may wish to continue their education by returning for an additional year and earn a minor in Automotive Technology.

Students seeking an Associate in Applied Science degree are required to complete both English 105 and 110, Math 125 and 324 hours of work experience (DTEC 297).

The Diesel Technology program is accredited by the AED Foundation and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) at the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Automobile Service Technology level. 

Admission Requirements*

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Students considered for acceptance must complete all admission requirements. 

Please Note: Students are placed into English, math and reading courses based on ACT, ACCUPLACER or other nationally recognized tests. Please see for the NDSCS Course Placement Policy and testing information. Students may be on an extended plan of study pending their course placement.

*Program Admission Requirements are subject to revision. Please check the department or program website under Program Admission Requirements for current information.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded a diploma or an Associate in Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology – General Diesel.

Related/General Education Courses Diploma

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Associate in Applied Science

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* Diploma students take ENGL 105 or ENGL 110

Suggested sequence of study

All 100 course classes must be completed before advancing to the 200 course classes.

NOTE: Students may enter this program at the beginning of any semester. A student may be able to start in the middle of a semester; for information please contact the Diesel Technology Department.

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