Diesel Ag Technology

Diesel Ag Technology

Succeed As A Diesel Ag Technician With Hands-on Training

The Diesel Ag Technology program gives graduates training in diesel truck and diesel-powered equipment maintenance and repair.

Courses include engine overhaul, welding, air conditioning, powertrains, power shift and hydrostatic transmissions, electronics, mechanical and electronic fuel systems, hydraulics, combine operation, and servicing.

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Program Notice

Diesel Ag Technology and Diesel Truck Technology have combined to create a new program: Diesel Technologies. The new program begins in Fall 2024.


Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Diesel Ag Technology program.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Diesel Agriculture Technology program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills in an organized and coherent manner.
  2. Demonstrate related math skills accurately for various shop activities.
  3. Demonstrate proper hand tool use, maintenance and repair.
  4. Demonstrate proper shop safety skills including lift truck operation and obtaining application certificate.
  5. Perform service, repair, diagnosis, and overhaul of farm tractors, combines and other machinery.
  6. Research and apply information found in written or electronic forms of service publications.
  7. Demonstrate successful shop skills and documentation of work performed in a job setting.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Costs

Diesel Agriculture Technology 

School Year: 2024–2025

Program Entry Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer

Pre-Reqs Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Total
Credit Hours per Semester 0 18 14 5 16 18 0 71
In-State Tuition $0 $3,906 $3,038 $1,085 $3,472 $3,906 $0 $15,407
Technology Fee per Semester $0 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $0 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $0 $585 $210 $160 $100 $100 $0 $1,155
Course/Section Fees $0 $230 $135 $0 $120 $95 $0 $580
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $0 $0 $10,000 $250 $0 $0 $0 $10,250
Uniforms $0 $0 $0 $100 $0 $0 $0 $100
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $4,771 $13,433 $1,645 $3,742 $4,151 $27,742


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $217 (In-State), $290 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Fees and costs are subject to change. To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General service technician
  • Specialized service technician
  • Service manager
  • Parts management
  • Sales
  • Warranty administrator
  • Owner/operator
  • Teacher/trainer
  • Safety inspector
  • Diesel mechanic
  • Heavy diesel equipment technician


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Yes, we have pathways set up for students who would like to complete both programs.

Program Requirements

To get into the Diesel Ag Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Tool Requirements

As a student in the Diesel Agriculture Technology program, you will be required to purchase a minimum standard set of professional-grade tools moving into the third semester of your program. A minimum standard listing of tools will be supplied in your first semester in the program.

During the first two semesters, you will be required to use this standard set of tools provided to you through Kirkwood Community College. You will be responsible for this set, and it will not be allowed to leave school premises.

You will need to plan for this upcoming purchase of tools. Depending on your eligibility, federal financial aid can be used to assist with the purchase of your tools. The cost is approximately $5,000 to $7,000 for your tools and toolbox, depending on the vendor you choose. If you are using federal financial aid, you must visit with a financial aid advisor either by phone or in person to arrange for disbursement of those funds.

Get more information about financial aid from a financial aid advisor or schedule an appointment by calling 319-398-7600.

Required Tools for Second Year Students

Mission Statement

The Diesel Agricultural Technology program provides quality technical training and education for students to be successful in the service and repair of equipment in various agricultural and construction industries.

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