Diesel Power – Ag Power Technology

Overview

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  • Service Technician

  • Sales

  • Mechanic

  • Service Manager

  • Field Technician

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Diesel Power Technology: A great way to get your hands on some of today’s biggest, most automated machinery used in the agriculture industry! Students will take classes in electronic controls, GPS, introductory diesel, drive trains, hydraulics, electrical systems, air conditioning systems, harvesting equipment, service management and more to learn how to help farmers increase productivity and be more profitable.

Manufacturers are incorporating more and more technology into their new products. At the local dealer level, where equipment is sold and serviced, the demand for technicians who understand this new technology and have the ability to repair it in a cost-effective timely manner, is at an all-time high. This program will produce technicians who can diagnose mechanical and electronic problems or hydraulic failures in the complex modern equipment used on farms and in fields.

Students receive hands-on training and learn applied skills such as repair, diagnostic and troubleshooting skills that are critical for this industry. As part of the program, students will also complete an internship at an ag power dealership or job site related to the program.

Career opportunities include positions like service technician, parts person, parts manager, service/warranty writer, or customer service/sales representative at an agriculture power equipment dealership.

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Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

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Semesters
First Semester
DPT120Diesel Engines Control Systems3 credits
DPT130Electrical Electronic Systems2 credits
OPRV105Service Center Fundamentals2 credits
OPRV120Basic Engine Theory & Operation2 credits
OPRV121Basic Engine Lab2 credits
OSHA100OSHA 10 Training1 credit
CIS105Introduction to Computers3 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Math Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours19 credits
Second Semester
AGT103Machinery Management2 credits
DPT107Introduction to Hydraulics2 credits
DPT115Intro to Powertrain2 credits
DPT121Adv. Diesel Engine and Control Sys3 credits
DPT161Air Cond. Service Fundamentals2 credits
OPRV150Hand-held Power Equipment Lab3 credits
OPRV280Successful Service Management1 credit
Social Science Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Third Semester
DPT290Internship6 credits
Total Semester Hours6 credits
Fourth Semester
AGT212Ag Chem Equipment3 credits
DPT215Adv. Powertrain and Drive Systems2 credits
DPT240Harvesting Equipment Basics3 credits
DPT241Tractor Performance and Set-Up2 credits
PAT102Principles of GPS/GIS2 credits
Behavioral Science Elective3 credits
Written Communications Elective 3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Fifth Semester
DPT201Guidance Steering and Variable Rate3 credits
DPT210Adv Fluid Power Dynamics3 credits
DPT221Ag Equipment Diagnostics3 credits
DPT231Adv Electrical/Electric Diagnostics3 credits
DPT102Basic Welding2 credits
Electives (Choose one or two)
DPT243Seeding Equipment Fundamentals3 credits
DPT245Hay Equipment Fundamentals3 credits
Total Semester Hours15 credits

Requirements

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply safe, efficient and effective work practices in a manner compatible with OSHA and EPA requirements, as well as the agricultural equipment manufacture and repair industry expectations.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of internet based resources, industry repair manuals, service, and parts literature in the repair and maintenance of agricultural equipment, tractors, diesel engines, seeding equipment, combine harvesters, hydraulic and electronic equipment.
  • Demonstrate the industry standard application of selected specialized tools for maintenance, repair, diagnostic, and assembly of equipment.
  • Identify the functional relationship among tractor, combine, seeding tool, precision ag products, and diesel engine equipment components and systems.
  • Apply preventative maintenance concepts to tractor, combine and agricultural equipment care and storage.
  • Demonstrate basic diagnostic and repair concepts applied to selected tractor engine, combine engine, compact equipment engine, equipment power train and chassis systems.
  • Demonstrate basic diagnostic and repair concepts applied to selected electrical components and systems of agricultural tractors, combines and equipment regardless of its manufacture.
  • Demonstrate basic diagnostic and repair concepts applied to selected hydraulic components and systems utilizing the ISO information and standards for procedures.
  • Interact effectively by displaying flexibility, honesty, teamwork, respect, and sensitivity for customers.
  • Communicate effectively through active listening, in oral, written, and electronic format with customers, coworkers, and supervisors.
  • Assume responsibility for continuing education requirements for new technologies and career advancement.
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Noah Munsen

Instructor

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Joel Rassel

Program Director / Instructor

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Izaak Goldammer

Instructor

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Cost

$ 4000
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Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated) $7,106

Scholarships

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$1000

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Assoc. of Cooperatives Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 2013.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Business Management
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTC in one of the programs mentioned Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority will be given to students with ties to a SDAC member cooperative Essay responses will be a large part of the recipient decision

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Roger Carlson “Tough Old Bird” Endowed Scholarship

Family & Friends of Roger Carlson

The endowment was established in 2013 by the family and friends of longtime Mithell Tech Ag instructor Roger Carlson. Carlson began his career at Mitchell Tech in August, 1990, and was a valued member of the Ag Technology department until May, 2011, when health problems forced his retirement. Carlson passed away on August 27, 2012 from complications related to leukemia. The endowment began providing scholarships in the 2013-14 school year to a qualifying student in the Ag Technology, Architecture Design and Building Construction or Farm Power Technology programs. The scholarship will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Applicant must be an first year full-time student enrolled at MTC in the Ag Business, Animal Science, Agronomy, Architecture Design and Building Construction, or Diesel Power Technology program Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

Laverne & Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship

Charlene Bainbridge

The LaVerne and Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship is eligible for any program at Mitchell Technical College. Also the recipient must have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a current student.
Accounting
Administrative Office Specialist
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Engineering Technology
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Diesel Power - Light Truck Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
On Campus
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Progressive Welding Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in any program at Mitchell Technical College. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
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