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Diesel Technology

Trucking Diploma - Heavy Equipment Diploma - AAS Degree

Diesel Technicians diagnose, repair and maintain all parts of diesel trucks - from the front bumper, to the rear crossmember, from the engine to the tires. The Diesel Technology program at Southeast Technical College offers students an associate degree option, as well as two different diploma tracks that will get you to work even faster. 

Choose your Track

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Diesel Technology Associate Degree

Students looking for a well-rounded degree in diesel technolgy can combine both diploma tracks, and with some additional general education courses, earn an associate degree in two years. 


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Heavy Equipment Diploma

Students that want to work on machinery found in the agriculture and construction industries should consider the Heavy Equipment diploma. Students in this track study auxiliary drive systems and the abnormalities in construction and ag equipment, electro hydraulics, powertrains and computer controlled systems.

See Heavy Equipment Curriculum

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Trucking Diploma

For students that want to focus their careers on diesel trucks and the trucking industry should consider the Trucking diploma. On this track, students learn to repair and maintain over-the-road engine systems, body controls, chassis systems, electronic controls and preventative maintenance.

See Trucking Diploma Curriculum

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Diesel Technology program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2023 graduates.*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.

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Build Dakota Eligible

Earn a full-ride scholarship to Southeast Tech's Diesel Technology program through Build Dakota!


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Hands-on Learning in Exceptional Facilities

Students in Southeast Tech's Diesel Technology associate degree and diploma programs learn by doing. Each program course has a hands-on lab component where students practice their skill with mock-ups and live work in Southeast Tech's true-to-life diesel laboratories located in the Ed Wood Trade and Industry Center and The HUB.

True to Industry Training

Southeast Technical College utilizes some of the same training modules that employees in top companies in the industry complete. 

Get Ahead

The Get Ahead program is a Daimler Training North America (DTNA) program, from STC's Sponsor I State Truck Center. It encompasses video training modules for Detroit engines and Freightliner truck systems. 

Kenworth Essentials

Kenworth Essentials, sponsored by Sioux Falls Kenworth, includes select components of training that all employees working at a Kenworth dealership complete. 


Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

Total Costs  Cost and Fee Breakdown

Job Outlook

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and across the nation, you will be in demand as a service technician or mechanic. Both diplomas and the AAS degree pair well with entrepreneurship!

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Jason Steinmetz

Diesel Technology
Wood Center 408B

Adam Anderson

Diesel Technology
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Kevin Shotkoski

Diesel Technology
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