Most schools in Missouri offer heavy equipment training through programs in diesel technology, which can provide students with the skills needed to work on buses and larger trucks, agricultural and construction vehicles and industrial equipment. Some programs award students a certificate or an associate degree upon completion. Often, participants are able to gain real-world training through internship experiences. Many of these programs are available to both adults and high school students, to whom high school and/or college credits may be awarded for participation. Listed below are overviews of programs at various technical colleges, career schools and community colleges as well as one university, plus a comparison table showing program options and tuition rates for each institution.
Located in Neosho, this college offers training in heavy equipment to high school students and adults. Through a dual-credit program, high school students can complete training in diesel technology to earn high school and college credits. The college offers a Certificate of Study and Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology. These programs are designed to equip students with skills in diagnosing and repairing heavy equipment, such as farm, construction and freight vehicles. Students learn to work on diesel electrical and electronic systems, brakes systems and powertrains. Students also complete an on-the-job internship to develop their skills.
Grand River Technical School
This school is located in the north central city of Chillicothe. Programs offered at this school are taught by industry professionals and include paid internships. Students can enroll in a diesel services technology program associate degree program to train for careers maintaining buses, trucks, farm vehicles and other heavy equipment. The program offers training in maintaining and repairing equipment like Artic CAT ATVs, electrical and mechanical diesel engines, hydraulics and industrial gas engines.
Herndon Career Center
This training center is located in Raytown and is a part of the Raytown Quality Schools system. The center offers a two-year diesel mechanics program for high school students. Students in this program learn how to work on agricultural, construction and industrial equipment, buses, trucks and power plants. Upon completion of this program, students can earn up to three college credits that are eligible for transfer to Linn State Technical College.
Northland Career Center
Located in Platte City, this institution offers technical education programs to high school students and adults in seven regional school districts. This school offers a two-year program in diesel technology that meets the standards of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Master Accreditation. High school students enrolled in this program complete the training over the course of two years, while adult students can finish the program in one year. Students receive instruction in performing repair and preventative maintenance on construction and transportation vehicles as well as other stationary diesel equipment. Students who complete this program can transfer up to 15 credits to State Technical College.
Ozarks Technical Community College
This Springfield school offers a training program in diesel technology that is approved by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The program is geared towards students wishing to learn about repairing medium and heavy duty trucks. Students can select a certificate or associate's degree option. The certificate program runs for two semesters and includes courses in suspension and steering, diesel engine repair and diesel preventative maintenance. For the associate's degree option, students complete four semesters of training that covers diesel diagnostics and repair, diesel brakes and heavy duty drives. This program also includes a three-credit capstone/internship course.
Pike - Lincoln Technical Center
Located in the city of Eolia, this training center offers a daytime program in diesel technology that is open to high school students or adults. Students complete two years of training to prepare for employment involving the repair and maintenance of medium and heavy trucks, construction vehicles, farm tractors and other equipment that runs on diesel fuel. Training is also offered in operating cranes, diagnostic analyzers, hydraulic presses and precision measuring devices.
St. Louis Community College
This St. Louis school offers a certificate and associate's degree program in diesel technology. Students enrolled in these programs can pursue careers repairing medium and heavy trucks. The school offers an 18-credit Certificate of Specialization in Diesel Technology and a 45-credit Certificate of Proficiency in Diesel Technology. Both programs offer training in repairing diesel engines, suspension and steering, brakes and drive trains. However, the 45-credit option offers additional training in heating and air-conditioning repair. Training in these areas is also offered in the Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology program, which requires students to complete 65 credits of coursework.
State Technical College of Missouri
Located in Linn, this school offers students several program options to learn about heavy equipment. Through a one-year certificate program in heavy equipment operations, students can learn how to use machinery, including backhoes, dozers, excavators and graders. This program prepares students for employment in highway, commercial or residential construction. Students who finish the program are able to earn a commercial driver's license, and they can be listed on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) registry.
Students interested in learning how to maintain and troubleshoot heavy equipment components, such as electrical circuitry and hydraulic systems, can complete the general option of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Heavy Equipment Technology. The college also offers the AAS degree with an option in caterpillar (CAT) dealer service technician in collaboration with Fabick CAT and Foley Equipment. The program consists of eight weeks of classroom and lab training and an eight-week paid internship at one of the sponsoring organizations.
Students can learn how to maintain and repair medium and heavy duty trucks or other diesel equipment through the general option in the AAS in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program or the Heartland - International Dealers Association option. The general option includes one internship experience, and the other option requires completion of four paid internships at a sponsoring international dealer.
Three Rivers Community College
This college offers certificate programs in green diesel technology at its main campus in Poplar Bluff and an associate's program in diesel technology at the Three Rivers Center in Dexter. Students who wish to complete a certificate program can select from short-term or one-year options. The short-term program consists of 18 course credits, which include three sequential courses in green diesel technician training. These courses are also offered in the one-year program, along with coursework in environmental, health and safety regulations, computer literacy and technical math. Degree-seeking students can complete an Associate of Applied Science in Diversified Technology with an option in diesel technology. This program trains students to diagnose and repair various diesel-powered engines.
University of Central Missouri
Located in Warrensburg, this is one of a small number of schools in the country that offer a baccalaureate program in automotive technology management. This degree program is geared towards students interested in careers working with automotive manufacturers or heavy duty truck companies. The program is offered with three areas of emphasis, including options in automotive technology and design technology. The program includes coursework in transmission and drivelines, diesel technology, advanced hydraulics and auto engines. Students also gain further experience by completing a technology internship.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Heavy Equipment Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Crowder College||Two-year; public; fringe rural|| Certificate of Study in Diesel Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology
|$2,352 in-district; $3,312 in-state; $3,312 out-of-state*|
|Grand River Technical School||Less-than-two-year; public; remote town||AAS in Diesel Services Technology Program||$5,815*|
|Herndon Career Center||Less-than-two-year; public; large suburb||Diesel Mechanics Program||N/A*|
|Northland Career Center||Less than two-year; public; distant town||Diesel Technology Program||$7,500 (total program cost)*|
|Ozarks Technical Community College||Two-year; public; midsize city|| Certificate in Diesel Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology
|$2,930 in-district; $4,106 in-state; $5,282 out-of state*|
|Pike - Lincoln Technical Center||Less than two-year; public; remote rural||Diesel Technology Program||$7,000 (total program cost)*|
|St. Louis Community College||Two-year; public; large city|| Certificate of Specialization in Diesel Technology,
Certificate of Proficiency in Diesel Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology
|$3,090 in-district; $4,470 in-state; $6,150 out-of-state*|
|State Technical College of Missouri||Two-year; public; distant rural|| Certificate in Heavy Equipment Operations,
Associate of Applied Science in Heavy Equipment Technology - General Option or CAT Dealer Service Technician Option,
Associate of Applied Science in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology - General Option or Heartland International Dealers Association Option
|$5,873 in-state; $10,665 out-of-state*|
|Three Rivers Community College||Two-year; public; remote town|| Short-term Certificate in Green Diesel Technology,
One-year Certificate in Green Diesel Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Diversified Technology - Diesel Technology
|$4,104 in-district; $5,868 in-state; $7,164 out-of-state*|
|University of Central Missouri||Four-year; public; fringe rural||Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology Management||$7,322 in-state; $13,767 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.