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DIESEL TECHNOLOGY Associate of Applied Sciences Certificate Are you interested in preparing for a rewarding career? Do you want to study in a well-equipped shop? Do you want to be taught by ASE certified instructors? We can help you achieve these outcomes by obtaining a Certificate or Associate Degree in Diesel Technology — Heavy Equipment Technology or Medium/Heavy Duty Trucks. Southeastern's Diesel Technology program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). As an ASE/NATEF certified program, students leave the program with skills sought after by employers across the nation! The program is also a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS), an organization "dedicated to the highest level of service on diesel fuel injection and related systems." All of our instructors are certified by the ADS. Our Diesel Technology program is in training with Fabick CAT and Cummins Engine Corporation. The program also has great working relationships with John Deere, Cummins, Fabick CAT, and Pepsi MidAmerica. The instructors work hard to keep these relationships so that our students can experience the best education possible and intern with some of the best companies. We often get calls from employers wanting our students to apply for employment with their companies. Curriculum Guides A A A Degree in Diesel Technology Heavy Equipment A A A Degree in Diesel Technology Medium Heavy Duty Truck Diesel Technology - Certificate Interested students should contact our SIC Recruiters at 618-252-5400 ext. 2245, or email recruiters@sic.edu. Scholarship Opportunities: Fabick Cat Scholarship 2021 - Deadline: April 15, 2022 An award in the amount of $1,000.00 for tuition, books, tools, and/or other educational expenses will be paid directly to each recipient’s account at Southeastern Illinois College. Scholarships will be awarded in the name of Fabick CAT, Caterpillar Inc. and Southeastern Illinois College to the most qualified candidate(s).

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Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

Southeastern's Diesel Technology program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). As an ASE/NATEF certified program, students leave the program with skills sought after by employers across the nation! The program is also a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS), an organization "dedicated to the highest level of service on diesel fuel injection and related systems." All of our instructors are certified by the ADS. Our Diesel Technology program is in training with Fabick CAT and Cummins Engine Corporation. The program also has great working relationships with John Deere, Cummins, Fabick CAT, and Pepsi MidAmerica. The instructors work hard to keep these relationships so that our students can experience the best education possible and intern with some of the best companies. We often get calls from employers wanting our students to apply for employment with their companies. https://sic.edu/academics/programs-by-department/career-and-technical-education

Is this a full or part time program?

We can help you achieve these outcomes by obtaining a Certificate or Associate Degree in Diesel Technology — Heavy Equipment Technology or Medium/Heavy Duty Trucks.

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

All classes are in person Lecture and Shop based.

What does the program cost?

For enrollment information, please contact Enrollment Services at 618-252-5400 x2441 or admissions@sic.edu.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

There are several scholarships available through financial aid as well as division and Fabick Cat scholarships available for Diesel students. https://my.sic.edu/ICS/Future_Students/Apply_Online.jnz

Describe the application process and eligibility.
What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?

We strive to teach the standards set forth by ASE education foundation.

Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

We place most of our students in the diesel repair fields (ie. Agriculture/ Trucking/ Automotive shop settings)

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for diesel service technicians and mechanics is $50,200/year (in 2020) and jobs are projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030.. Students in SIC’s Diesel Technology program may find interest in the following career opportunities: Diesel Mechanic Diesel Technician Service Manager Parts Manager Or maybe you plan to own your own shop! If so, The Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center (WISBDC) at Southeastern Illinois College can help get you started!

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?

Southeastern Illinois College is the only college in Illinois that is ASE education foundation accredited M/H truck Master certified program.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

SIC provides all specialty tools needed.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

The student is required to purchase a basic tool set. Tool list is available upon request.

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

We strive to keep class sizes at a 14 to 1 ration between in student and instructors. Each class is developed to fit the needs established by ASE and our advisory council.

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

We know it is very important to get hands on learning because most of our students learning style is hands on. There has to be a certain amount of classroom study also to develop a well rounded employee.

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

Safety glasses are required in the shop areas at all times. Safety is paramount for the student and SIC is very diligent in making sure each student is safe. Safety training is the first item taught.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

Training is given to ensure each student is trained in clean up.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

Southeastern Illinois College has access to Cat, Cummins, Mitchell, Jpro. software.

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

Students have access to Napa prolink, O'reilly First call, and Bumper to Bumper parts software.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

The shop is adequate to train in all areas of repair.

Ralph Boots

Ralph Boots is in his 23rd year of teaching at SIC with more than 35 years in the automotive field. He specializes in med/heavy truck electrical/electronics, heating and air conditioning, and powersports. He is a Master ASE-certified truck technician. Contact: (618) 252-5400 ext.2304 ralph.boots@sic.edu

Robbie Lindhorst

Robbie Lindhorst is in his 22nd year of teaching at SIC with more than 35 years in the automotive field. He specializes in med/heavy truck transmissions, steering and suspension, engines and powersports. He is a Master ASE-certified truck technician. Contact: (618) 252-5400 ext.2306 robbie.lindhorst@sic.edu

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is in his 14th year of teaching at SIC with more than 24 years in the automotive field. He specializes in heavy equipment/Agricultural repair, engines and steering/suspension. He is a Master ASE-certified truck technician. Contact: (618) 252-5400 ext.2311 chris.jones@sic.edu

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