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Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology is a practical and in-depth technical program designed to provide you with the skills necessary to successfully gain employment as a diesel technician. The majority of the program is devoted to training that is necessary to attain employment in a farm, industrial, or truck dealership. The curriculum is also structured to allow you to seek job opportunities in industrial/heavy equipment, general diesel repair or as a farm mechanic.

You are exposed to a wide variety of situations, including use of electromechanical testing equipment, diesel calibration instruments, and a variety of farm power machinery. You will study all phases of heavy-duty truck and tractor repair, including electrical systems, various transmissions, suspensions, braking, and other related areas. Instruction will also include complete engine overhaul, diesel, gasoline, and natural gas fuel systems, hydraulic systems and air-conditioning. In addition, the program offers courses in biodiesel technology.

As repair methods change, the curriculum is continually updated to provide instruction on the latest tools, equipment and new job procedures as well as instruction on the older models and methods. Learning includes both shop and classroom situations with the majority of time devoted to actual hands-on experience. Applied shop instruction involves individualized live work on customers’ truck and farm equipment.

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

$25,000– $45,000 per year

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with

In 2020, the Kansas Institute of Diesel Technology placed 87% of its graduates.

Graduate Placement Report

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety practices, tools, fasteners and fittings related to diesel mechanics.
  • Apply the theory of diesel mechanics to specific jobs.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical systems.
  • Diagnose charging, starting and ignition systems.
  • Diagnose and repair fuel systems.
  • Diagnose and repair electronic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair small engines.
  • Diagnose repair and rebuild large engines.
  • Diagnose and repair valve systems.
  • Diagnose and repair cooling and lubrication systems.
  • Diagnose and repair power-train, clutches, transmission and final drives.
  • Diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems.
  • Diagnose and repair brake systems.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills.
  • Construct a resume.

NATEF Master Accreditation

  • Greg Lindberg
  • Gene Overmiller
  • Mike Leerer
  • Steve Jueneman
  • Tanner Kerchal
  • David Oren
  • John Yost
  • James Rayhmer
  • Damon Glover
  • Stacy Lemmon
  • James Cox
  • Robert Webb
  • Rick Strammel