Diesel Technology

Equipment Management Field Maintenance Ag Mech Tech Diesel Tech Minor
Announcing the MSU Northern Sprint Degree in A.A.S. Diesel Technology for Fall 2024!
One Year to a Great Career – Enter the workforce faster and start earning. 

Hands-On Experience – Small classrooms with personalized instruction.

Scholarship Funding Available –$4,500 in scholarships available to the first 10 students.

Job Placement Assistance – Start your career with our support.

Apply Now for Fall 2024 and take the next step towards a successful career in Diesel Technology!

The Sprint Degree in Diesel Technology is one of the ways MSU-Northern is addressing the increasing demand for Diesel Technicians across the state. It is offered in partnership with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Montana State Legislature to create a pathway for increasing the number of skilled laborers across Montana.

Programs Available:

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

Operational Concentrations for Bachelor of Science:

  • Equipment Management
  • Field Maintenance


  • 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 focuses 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.

Academic Maps

Diesel Technology BS
Diesel Technology AAS
Diesel Technology Sprint AAS
Diesel Technology Minor
Diesel Technology CAS

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Program Videos

Faculty member Steven Don and Diesel student Paige Goveia


Diesel students under a massive dump truck


Diesel Technology Employer at a Career Fair


Diesel students in class


Diesel Technology students in class

MSUN student on heavy equipment






Diesel Technology Career Outlook

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
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
IVECO Engines North America
Interstate Power Systems
John Deere Ag. - Brant Holding
John Deere Construction - Pape
Kiewit, Peter
Modern Machinery
Montana Peterbuilt
NC Machinery Co,
Peterson Machinery Co.
Shellinger Construction
Staker Parson
Stewart Stevens
Titan Machinery
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


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