Diesel Power – Light Truck Technology

Overview

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Diesel Power Technology: a great way to get your hands on some of today’s high-powered, light duty vehicles. Students enrolled in the Light Truck option will develop skills to diagnose, repair, and overhaul trucks sized Class Six and below. The first-year core curriculum provides you with the fundamentals of diesel technology before you move into the specifics of light truck maintenance and repair.

Through hands-on training in a state-of-the art lab, you will have access to a variety of makes and models of trucks to give you valuable real-life experience working on engines and maintaining these workhorse machines. You will also learn how to diagnose and repair air and hydraulic brake systems, electrical systems, drivetrains, and chassis. Also covered are important units like over-the-road diagnostics, preventative maintenance, transportation refrigeration and GPS/GIS systems. Classroom instruction, combined with lab projects, will better prepare you for the workforce. As part of the program, you will also complete an internship at a job site related to the program. You can even consider a third-year option to earn a second AAS degree in our Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology.

Graduates of this option will be ready for careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry. Career opportunities include positions like service technician, parts person, parts manager, service/warranty writer, or customer service/sales representative at a dealership.

Note: Students are required to use a laptop or notebook computer for this program. Students must bring their own device, which must meet Mitchell Tech specifications, or may purchase one from Mitchell Tech.

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Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

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Semesters
First Semester
DPT120Diesel Engines Control Systems3 credits
DPT130Electrical Electronic Systems2 credits
OPRV105Service Center Fundamentals2 credits
OPRV120Basic Engine Theory & Operation2 credits
OPRV121Basic Engine Lab2 credits
OSHA100OSHA 10 Training1 credit
CIS105Introduction to Computers3 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Math Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours19 credits
Second Semester
AGT103Machinery Management2 credits
DPT107Introduction to Hydraulics2 credits
DPT115Intro to Powertrain2 credits
DPT121Adv. Diesel Engine and Control Sys3 credits
DPT161Air Cond. Service Fundamentals2 credits
OPRV150Hand-held Power Equipment Lab3 credits
OPRV280Successful Service Management1 credit
Social Science Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Third Semester
DPT290Internship6 credits
Total Semester Hours6 credits
Fourth Semester
DPT250Light Truck Drivetrains3 credits
DPT251Truck Integrated Electronics2 credits
DPT252Air and Hydraulic Brakes Systems3 credits
DPT260Preventative Maintenance3 credits
PAT102Principles of GPS/GIS2 credits
Written Communications Elective 3 credits
Total Semester Hours16 credits
Fifth Semester
DPT207Advanced Hydraulics3 credits
DPT231Adv Electrical/Electric Diagnostics3 credits
DPT253Chassis and DOT Inspections2 credits
DPT261Over the Road Equipment Diagnostics3 credits
DPT262Transportation Refrigeration1 credit
WLD102Basic Welding2 credits
TRAN100Industrial Transportation CDL1 credit
Behavioral Science Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits

Requirements

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  • Apply safe, efficient, and effective work practices in a manner compatible with OSHA and EPA requirements, as well as the agricultural equipment manufacture and repair industry expectations.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of internet-based resources, industry repair manuals, service, and parts literature in the repair and maintenance of agricultural equipment, tractors, on road trucks, diesel engines, seeding equipment, combine harvesters, hydraulic and electronic equipment.
  • Demonstrate the industry standard application of selected specialized tools for maintenance, repair, diagnostic, and assembly of equipment and apply preventive maintenance concepts to on and off road applications.
  • Demonstrate basic diagnostic and repair concepts applied to selected tractor engine, combine engine, compact equipment engine, equipment power train and chassis systems.
  • Demonstrate basic diagnostic and repair concepts applied to selected electrical, hydraulic , and mechanical components and systems.
  • Interact effectively by displaying flexibility, honesty, teamwork, respect, and sensitivity for customers.
  • Communicate effectively through active listening, in oral, written, and electronic format with customers, coworkers, and supervisors.
  • Assume responsibility for continuing education requirements for new technologies, industry compliance, and career advancement.
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Noah Munsen

Instructor

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Joel Rassel

Program Director / Instructor

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Izaak Goldammer

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Cost

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

CDL$1,000
Books / Tools (estimated)$7,598

Scholarships

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

Laverne & Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship

Charlene Bainbridge

The LaVerne and Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship is eligible for any program at Mitchell Technical College. Also the recipient must have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a current student.
Accounting
Administrative Office Specialist
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Engineering Technology
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Diesel Power - Light Truck Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
On Campus
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Progressive Welding Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in any program at Mitchell Technical College. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

$500

2 AVAIL.

John And Diane Weber “Career Change” Endowed Scholarship

John and Diane Weber Family and Friends

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the daughters of Diane Weber, wife of former Culinary Academy of South Dakota instructor and Mitchell Tech alum, John Weber. Diane's early adult years were spent in the Peace Corp, working at Bell Telephone and teaching German and English after college. The scholarship honors Diane's desire in 1974 to change her career and her enrollment at Mitchell Tech to become a Clinical Lab Technician. While attending Mitchell Tech she met John, completed her education, and then spent several years working as a Clinical Lab Technician. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Full time enrollment in a program at Mitchell Technical College to prepare for a career change GPA of 3.0 or higher Program instructor recommendation Documented employment of 10 hours or more per week Completion of current online scholarship application during the open application period time frame

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