Diesel Tech

If you eat it, wear it, play with it, buy it in a store or drive it, odds are a diesel was instrumental in getting it to you. In short, diesel tech is Life. Changing. technology! Take the brakes off your career. Join the Diesel Technology program at Indian Hills!

 In diesel tech, you will acquire skills in a variety of mechanical, electrical and computer systems necessary to diagnose, repair and maintain agricultural equipment, trucks, locomotive engines and other types of heavy construction equipment. You will study diesel engines, transmissions, hydraulics and so much more!

 Here’s a brief overview of our Diesel Technology program.

Campus North Campus
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 7 Terms (21 Months)
Diploma/Degree Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)


What you will learn:
  • Rebuilding and troubleshooting diesel/or locomotive engines
  • Rebuilding and troubleshooting mechanical components
  • Interpret electrical prints and doing electrical/electronic system troubleshooting
  • Diagnosing computerized systems necessary to repair malfunctions
  • Maintaining agricultural equipment, trucks, and other types of heavy construction equipment
  • Developing skills in transmissions diagnostic and repair
  • Interpret hydraulic prints and symbols to diagnose and to do repair on hydraulic systems
  • Diagnosing drivelines and power dividers
  • Studying air brakes systems and troubleshooting their malfunctions
  • Diagnosing air conditioning systems
  • Studying and understanding how GPS GIS and other GPS systems work
  • Servicing and diagnosing GPS equipment

Power Up with Diesel Tech

You probably have questions about the diesel tech program, financial aid, community college scholarships or what else is involved in getting your Life. Changing. Education. Check out the Diesel Technology Program Details for more info about the coursework or your career as a Heavy Equipment Technician, Ag Equipment Technician, Truck Technician or Power Generation Technician, or click on any of the links below to pull ahead into student life and drive on out into a great career.

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Still have questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Austin!

austinAustin Wilkinson, Professor, Diesel Power Technology
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5111, ext. 1759 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1759


dreadenKim Dreaden, Program Director, North Campus
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5111, ext. 1738 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1738