Diesel Ag Technology

Diesel Ag Technology

Become a Heavy Equipment Expert

The Diesel Ag Technology program offers a two-year A.A.S. degree for students entering the workforce in agriculture equipment or heavy equipment maintenance and repair.

Today's technicians not only diagnose and fix mechanical problems, they also must understand and troubleshoot the computer-controlled systems found in diesel engines, power trains, and hydraulic systems.

The program also provides industry training and professional development for graduates. Currently, more than 30 local businesses employ one or more former students who participated in our program.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Diesel Ag Technology program.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Diesel Agriculture Technology program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills in an organized and coherent manner.
  2. Demonstrate related math skills accurately for various shop activities.
  3. Demonstrate proper hand tool use, maintenance and repair.
  4. Demonstrate proper shop safety skills including lift truck operation and obtaining application certificate.
  5. Perform service, repair, diagnosis, and overhaul of farm tractors, combines and other machinery.
  6. Research and apply information found in written or electronic forms of service publications.
  7. Demonstrate successful shop skills and documentation of work performed in a job setting.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General service technician
  • Specialized service technician
  • Service manager
  • Parts management
  • Sales
  • Warranty administrator
  • Owner/operator
  • Teacher/trainer
  • Safety inspector
  • Diesel mechanic
  • Heavy diesel equipment technician

Use Career Coach to determine the annual salary here.

Yes, we have pathways set up for students who would like to complete both programs.

Tool Requirements

As a student in the Diesel Agriculture program, you will be required to purchase a minimum standard set of professional grade tools moving into the third semester of your program. A minimum standard listing of tools will be supplied to your first semester in the program.

During the first two semesters you will be required to use this standard set of tools provided to you through Kirkwood Community College. You will be responsible for this set, and it will not be allowed to leave school premises.

You will need to plan for this upcoming purchase of tools. Depending on your eligibility, Federal Financial Aid can be used to assist with the purchase of your tools. You will need to plan for the cost of approximately $5,000 to $7,000 for your tools and toolbox depending on the vendor you choose. If you are using Federal Financial Aid, you must visit with a financial aid advisor either by phone or in person to arrange for disbursement of those funds.

Get more information about financial aid from a financial aid advisor or schedule an appointment by calling 319-398-7600.

Required Tools for Second Year Students

Mission Statement

The Diesel Agricultural Technology program provides quality technical training and education for students to be successful in the service and repair of equipment in various agricultural and construction industries.

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