Diesel Equipment Technology Program

A.A.S. Degree

Jim Headlee - Program Director

The mission of the Diesel Equipment Technology Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled and competent diesel technicians and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs. 

Students in the Diesel Equipment Technology program train to be diesel mechanics that repair diesel-powered trucks and heavy equipment. Students study hydraulics, electrical systems, fuel systems, power trains, air conditioning, brakes and suspension, engine theory, and engine diagnosis, beginning with basic principles and proceeding to an advanced level of system technology. Along with these core courses, students take classes in welding, machining, computers, communications, and math.  Credit for independent study is available to those desiring additional instruction in diesel mechanics.  Students who complete the program successfully are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree.

This program is in high demand, prospective students are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Please see instructions below.

Important Information for Applicants

Due to high demand and limited space, the Diesel Equipment Technology program uses a cohort review model for admission to their fall-starting degree programs. Applicants to Diesel are required to submit to the Industrial Program Admissions Committee a one page cover letter along with any transcripts. Your one page letter should explain a little about yourself, your career goals, and why you are an exceptional candidate for your program.                                                                                                                                                                                        

The Admissions committee meets in the second week of May to review all applicant materials and offer seats in the program. To ensure review in the candidate pool, please submit your cover letter and transcripts by May 7, 2018. If selected, you will receive an acceptance letter with further instructions on how to accept your spot, meet with your advisor, and how to register for classes. Read these important instructions carefully. Applicants who do not follow through are not guaranteed registration.

In May, six additional students will be offered a standby seat should anyone decline their offer. If offered a standby seat, you will be asked to follow up via phone or email for acceptance. In the event that a fully enrolled student cannot attend, standby students may be contacted up to, and including, the first week of classes. Students who accept their standby seat are expected to start classes no later than the second week of the semester.

Required Supplementary Diesel Application Materials:

For applicants currently in high school or with no prior college experience:

  • One page cover letter
  • Current high school transcript
  • Or high school transcript with graduation date, GED or HiSET scores

For transfer applicants or students with prior college experience:

  • One page cover letter
  • College transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities

For questions about application materials or regarding program requirements, please contact Jim Headlee, Diesel Equipment Technology Program Director by phone at (406) 243-7648 or by email at jim.headlee@mso.umt.edu.

Diesel Equipment Technology Curriculum

The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.

Subject Type
Diesel Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science