Diesel Technology

Programs Available:

  • Diesel Technology BS
  • Diesel Technology AAS
  • Diesel Technology Certificate
  • Agricultural Mechanics AAS

Operational Concentrations for Bachelor of Science:

  • Equipment Management
  • Field Maintenance

Minors:

  • Diesel Technology
  • Ag Mechanics Technology

Open the Door to an Exciting Career as a Diesel Mechanic

360 VR Tour: Diesel Technology Center

Northern's Bachelor of Science in Diesel Technology is...

recognized nationally as the premier program for diesel technicians who are aiming for a career in the industry, from a technician through to a management position.  Our program provides students with a balanced, detail-oriented education that not only teaches the principles and systems used in the industry, but also includes hands-on training on a wide variety of industry-standard machines and equipment.  Through this well-rounded, in-depth program, Northern graduates receive a technically sound education that can open doors literally all over the world.

In 2018, Northern had...

the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of a brand new, state of the art Diesel Te4chnology Center.  This facility houses a line of big bore engine technology utilized in the railroad and shipping industries.  The building also includes basic and advanced engine labs that are networked directly to OEMs, providing students with a technically sound education on a variety of engines.

Students who want to go above and beyond...

have the option of tailoring their degree to meet specific goals.  The Field Maintenance option includes welding and fabrication courses that enable a graduate to work in construction or off-site locations, while the Equipment Management option focuse3s on upper-level business and accounting skills.  All of Northern's diesel degrees include a cooperative education component, which enables the student to "test drive" company for a semester, get course credits, and get paid all at the same time.

The result:

high-caliber graduates with a solid work ethic who are highly valued and sought after by industry.

Diesel Technology Career Outlook

Certificate of Applied Science
Gainful Employment Information.

The diesel technology field is experiencing rapid growth as extraction industries boom. Students completing their bachelor's in diesel technology are prepared to work in the industry as a service technician, service manager, shop foreman, district representative for a major corporation, or be self-employed. Because MSU-Northern's program is well-known for its quality, industry-specific curriculum and consistently high-achieving graduates, our placement rates for diesel mechanics is high.

Sampling of Employers of
MSU-Northern Diesel Technology Graduates
AGCO
General Electric
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
Butler CAT
C & B Operations
Case/New Holland Tractor & Equipment
Cummins Engine Company
Cummins Northwest
Cummins Rocky Mountain
Detroit Diesel-Interstate Diesel
Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. - Kinross
Fairbanks Morse
Frontline Ag Solutions
Halton Company
Hyster
IVECO Engines North America
Interstate Power Systems
 
John Deere Ag. - Brant Holding
John Deere Construction - Pape
Kiewit, Peter
Loenbro
Modern Machinery
Montana Peterbuilt
NC Machinery Co,
Peterson Machinery Co.
RDO
Shellinger Construction
Staker Parson
Stewart Stevens
Titan Machinery
Torgerson's
Tilleman's
Wartsila
Western States Equipment Co.

Industry Testimonial Quotes

"The demand for 4-year diesel graduates in Diesel Technology cannot be overestimated.  Northern continues to provide employs with graduates that can meet the challenges of today's industry."  Bill Crandall, Vice President, Modern Machinery

"The opportunity here far exceeds a lot of other institutions that offer this kind of curriculum.  The instructors here truly care.  The classes are well-structured.  The students come out with a fantastic work ethic and the skills to get running right out of the gate."  Craig Gillman - Field Service Superintendent, Wartsila - MSU-Northern Alum

Faculty

Greg Clouse
   Office: Brockmann Center 210-O
   Phone: (406) 265-4187

Steven Don - College Chair
   Office: Brockmann Center 210-A
   Phone: (406) 265-4185

Keith Jensen
  Office:  Brockmann Center 210-K
  Phone:  (406) 265-3797

Charlie Mack
  Office:  Brockmann Center 210-L
  Phone:  (406) 265-4158

Brandon Matson
  Office: Brockmann Center 210-P
  Phone: (406) 265-4127