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Diesel and Heavy Equipment (Evening Program) (470604)

Certificate: Certificate in Applied Science, CAS


The Diesel Technology program at FDTC is designed to prepare students for the many employment opportunities in the diesel equipment industry. This unique program allows students to enter the program during multiple opportunities throughout the year. This program also gives students the option of earning a certificate or an Associates degree (both require about two years of continuous enrollment to complete the curriculum). Students are trained on diesel engines, drive trains, hydraulic systems, brakes, steering, fuel systems, suspensions, electrical systems, and computerized engine controls. Students enrolled in Diesel Technology learn the theory of operation along with the latest repair and diagnostic procedures available in the diesel industry. The classroom and laboratory exercises provide a well-rounded learning experience that prepares the student for a variety of career opportunities.

In the Real World

Diesel Technology graduates can pursue employment in a variety of career fields, including trucking, agricultural interests, industrial, manufacturing, construction equipment companies, mining industries, fleet owners, and many other markets. Careers in diesel technology can be significantly rewarding. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median hourly wage in 2004 was $17.20 for this occupation, while the highest 10 percent earned an average $25.67 an hour. Opportunities should be very good for persons who complete formal training in diesel mechanics at community and junior colleges or vocational and technical schools. Applicants without formal training may face stiffer competition for entry-level jobs (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004). These positions involve challenging work and typically include a generous benefit package and several avenues for promotion and advancement.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?
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