There are no schools offering training in the operation of heavy equipment in Nebraska; however, five community colleges in Nebraska offer diesel technology programs for heavy machinery or agricultural equipment. These educational options range from associate's degree programs to certificate programs that cover various components of heavy equipment maintenance and repair. Hands-on experience may be acquired through cooperative education. Specialization areas, flexible scheduling and transfer options are included in some programs. The titles include:
- Diesel Technology
- Basic Mechanics
- Power Train
- Electrical Diesel
- Engine Performance
- Fuel Systems
- Equipment Service Technology
- Hydraulics Certificate
- Truck Systems
Central Community College
A variety of programs in diesel technology are provided by Central Community College at its Hastings campus. In addition to diesel engines, electrical systems, maintenance and repair, the associate's degree offered by the school provides for specialization in diesel agriculture and construction, covering drive systems and hydraulics. The school also has a 34-credit diploma in diesel technology covering basic shop practices and tools, maintenance, transmissions and engines. There are also 12 to 13-credit certificate programs in basic mechanics, electrical diesel, engine performance, hydraulics and truck systems which prepare students for entry-level positions in corresponding diesel mechanic areas.
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in diesel technology at its Applied Technology Center in Omaha. This program is designed to train students in the maintenance and repair of diesel engines in heavy equipment as well as construction and utilities. Heavy equipment-related courses cover maintenance, fundamentals, diagnosis and repair of diesel engines as well as hydraulics and drivetrains associated with heavy machinery.
Mid-Plains Community College
Mid-Plains Community College has several colleges that are part of its network, including the North Platte Community College North campus in North Platte where the diesel technology program is located. The associate's degree program in diesel technology is an 18 month, full-time day program; however, select courses are available in the evenings. The school also offers a 44-credit diesel technology diploma program. Specialized certificate programs covering basic engine and electrical (14 credit hours), powertrain (15 credit hours), fuel systems (16 credit hours) and diesel technology (26 credit hours) are also available.
Northeast Community College
Located in Norfolk, Northeast Community College offers an associate's degree in diesel technology with a concentration in agricultural equipment. The training covers engines, air conditioning systems, hydraulics, electrical, fuel systems, powertrains and brakes. The school operates on a four-day week, providing students with three-day weekends. Students must meet minimum competency requirements in order to be admitted to this competitive program. Up to 66 credits of this degree program are transferable to Wayne State College towards a bachelor's degree.
Southeast Community College
The Milford campus is the home of a nationally recognized training division for John Deere, which is where Southeast Community College's diesel technology associate's degree programs are held. One of the school's diesel technology degree programs focuses on agricultural equipment. The program is 21 months long and covers hydraulics, engines, powertrains and fuel injection systems. Students have two opportunities to gain work experience at a cooperative education workstation, midway through the program and near the end of the program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Heavy Machinery Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Central Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology,
Diesel Technology Diploma,
Basic Mechanics Certificate,
Electrical Diesel Certificate,
Engine Performance Certificate,
Truck Systems Certificate
|$3,000 in-state; $4,320 out-of-state*|
|Metropolitan Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Diesel Technology - Heavy Equipment||$3,105 in-state; $4,545 out-of-state*|
|Mid-Plains Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology,
Diesel Technology Diploma,
Basic Engine & Electrical Certificate,
Power Train Certificate,
Fuel Systems Certificate,
Diesel Technology Certificate
|$3,210 in-state; $4,050 out-of-state*|
|Northeast Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology, Agricultural Concentration||$3,480 in-state; $4,635 out-of-state*|
|Southeast Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology - AG Equipment Service Technology||$3,128 in-state; $3,758 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator