Diesel Powered Equipment Technology
Associate in Applied Science
On the highway. In the farm field. On the construction site. Get hands-on and under the hood with education and training in the latest diesel repair and maintenance technology.
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Students learn in a modern shop equipped with the latest technology, with an emphasis on Agriculture, Construction, and On-Highway Heavy Trucks. This program provides opportunities for certification in Mobile Air Conditioning and qualifications in Cummins fuel and electrical systems.
Graduation rate of 80-90% and employment rate of 100%. Earn $50,000-$70,000 your first year out of school.
Build your network with DPET student club, Skills USA, machinery shows, and factory tours.
Diesel Service Technician, Service Manager, Shop Foreman, Territory Sales Representative, Parts Professional, Service Writer
if Full Time
70 Total Credit Hours
How many students are accepted each year?
There are 20 students accepted into the program each year, and requires full-time enrollment and commitment.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Griffin Dahlberg Receives the DPET Outstanding Graduate Award
Griffin Dahlberg, a recent graduate of the Diesel-Powered Equipment Technology (DPET) Program, is a leader, exceptional student, and recipient of the DPET program’s Outstanding Graduate Award. During his freshman year, Griffin stood out as a well-rounded leader in the classroom, his professors recommended him for a student sponsorship opportunity at Centre State International Trucks, Inc. Centre State generously offers their support…
ICC Class of 2021 (Welding Technology, Diesel Power Equipment Technology) Marine Machinery Mechanic at Army Corps of Engineers Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. I was an intern with the Corps, as a freshman DPET student, they welcomed me very professionally, tested my abilities, and found my skills acquired at college to exceed…
From Classroom to Auction: Ty’s Success at Illinois Beef Expo 2023
A class project designed to simulate a day on the job had quite the payoff when ag students recently applied what they learned at ICC outside of the classroom. “It was something different from classroom work. It was a real-world experience,” -Ty Kenney Ty Kenney, an Agricultural Production student, attended the 2023 Illinois Beef Expo for the first time with…
Chase Transitions from Farm to Classroom at ICC
With deep roots in agriculture in central Illinois and a passion for the care of animals, Chase is following his dream to become a veterinarian. ICC helped Chase transition from the family farm to a college classroom. He graduated from ICC in the spring of 2021 and began attending Kansas State University this fall, majoring in Animal Sciences & Industry….
As a former student of this program, I value the DPET program’s commitment to excellence. Our students’ attention to detail and professionalism make this one of the top diesel technology programs available.Colin Campbell, Program Coordinator, Diesel Powerd Equipment Technology
How Do I Get Into the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Program?
Get under the hood and in the shop with diesel-powered equipment. Grads are top picks with employers and can earn upwards of $50,000 the first year. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Complete the DPET application.
- Provide two recommendations from high school instructor(s) and / or employer(s) by having them fill out the provided recommendation form and mail to ICC.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Need help? Our Admissions team is happy to assist.
What Can I Expect As a DPET Student?
- A chance to earn highly-valued certifications.
- Program features hands-on experience on modern equipment and two paid internships.
- Training in the latest manufacturer software and computer programs.
- Transfer opportunities to schools like Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Pittsburg State University in Kansas.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.