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Diesel Powered Equipment Technology

DPET21The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology (DPET) program is a two-year program that trains students to service, repair, and diagnose diesel powered equipment like agricultural machinery, tractors, on-highway trucks, bulldozers, road graders, combines, loaders, and more.

This program combines classroom learning with hands-on experience. The lab is equipped with the latest electronic test equipment to help students diagnose problems. Students work with electronic diagnostic tools, bore gauges, flow meters, calipers, dial indicators, laptop computers, engine dynamometers, digital multimeters, micrometers, pressure analyzers, power wrenches, hand tools, and other specialized equipment. Students complete two paid internships during their sophomore year at a dealership that services diesel powered equipment. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce or continue your education by transferring to a four-year college or university.

This program is a competitive program. We encourage students to apply by the first application deadline of December 1 to be considered for the following fall semester. A second application deadline of April 1 will allow students to be considered for fall if the program still has openings. Any applications received after April 1 will only be considered if the program is not full. Call (309) 694-5582 or (309) 694-5616 to request a DPET information booklet.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare you to work in the agricultural, diesel fuel injection, heavy equipment, or heavy truck industries as a:

  • Service Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Service Specialist
  • Corporate Territory Service Manager
  • Engineering Test Technician
  • Technical Sales Professional
  • Technical Training Professional

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Steps to Enroll in the DPET Program

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  1. Apply to Illinois Central College.
  2. Schedule and take the ICC Placement Tests.
  3. Complete the DPET Application.
  4. Provide two DPET Student Applicant Recommendation forms to a high school instructor(s) and/or employer(s). Make sure they understand that THEY are responsible for completing and mailing to Illinois Central College
  5. Meet with a DPET academic advisor. Contact Jeff Gardner at 309-694-5582 for an appointment.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 72

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
COMMUNICATION *3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *3
AGBUS 118AGRICULTURAL COMPUTATIONS 3
DPET 130PRINCIPLES OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES 4
HUMANITIES *3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
DPET 132ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT 3
DPET 133ENGINE REBUILDING, THEORY AND PRACTICE 3
DPET 134AIR CONDITIONING OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT 3
DPET 229HYDRAULICS 3
DPET 230HARVESTING EQUIPMENT 2
DPET 231PLANTING AND TILLAGE EQUIPMENT 2
DPET 232TRANSMISSIONS AND FINAL DRIVE 3
DPET 233OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR I 4
DPET 234INTRODUCTION TO DIESEL FUEL SYSTEMS 2
DPET 235ELECTRONIC CONTROLS/MONITORING SYSTEMS 3
DPET 236HYDRAULIC SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND REPAIRS 3
DPET 238OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR II 4
DPET 239POWER TRAIN DIAGNOSTICS 2
DPET 240SERVICE CENTER MANAGEMENT 1
DPET 241MECHANICAL DIESEL FUEL SYSTEMS 3
DPET 242ELECTRONIC FUEL SYSTEMS 3
DPET 243ENGINE PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS 2
DPET 244GUIDANCE SYSTEMS 2
DPET 245TRUCK SUSPENSION, BRAKES AND CHASSIS 3
DPET 246 INDUSTRY QUALIFICATIONS 2

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Students complete two, eight-week internships during the sophomore year of training. Technical training reflects the technology represented by the agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and heavy truck industries. The graduate's salary will directly commensurate with the service professional's academic performance, work ethic, and motivation. Graduates have the opportunity to transfer to a four-year university.  Students must be enrolled as full-time students and complete the required coursework in the prescribed sequence. 

Students must provide their own tools for use throughout the course of study.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1DPET 132; DPET 130; DPET 229; AGBUS 118; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 1DPET 133; DPET 234; DPET 235; DPET 240; Communication; Social Science
Summer SemesterDPET 230; DPET 231; DPET 232; DPET 134
Fall Semester 2DPET 233; DPET 245; DPET 241; DPET 242; DPET 244
Spring Semester 2DPET 236; DPET 238; DPET 239; DPET 243; DPET 246; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309)694-8445 or 5616

Illinois Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource

Career Pathway:
Power Structure and Technical Systems


Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Pathway: Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance, Power, Structural & Technical Systems
ICC Pathway: Diesel

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Humanities | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Social Science

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Paying for College | Career Information: Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics | Student Information

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Diesel Powered Equipment Technology (72 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

609 Air Conditioning Certification; Cummins Electrical & Fuel System Certifications

Employment Information

Farm equipment mechanics & service technicians, Mobile heavy equipment mechanics $15-28/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer
guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements

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