Diesel Power Technology | Casper College, Wyoming

Diesel Power Technology

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As the diesel power industry continues to grow, so does the need for skilled technicians. Diesel engines have been the "workhorse" of our world for over a century. The mission of Casper College's Diesel Power program is to prepare students of all skill levels for gainful employment in the diesel industry.

Students are trained in several areas of diesel troubleshooting and repair to include engine rebuilding, fuel systems and tuning, power train and braking, hydraulics and electronics. The program offers an accelerated two-semester (9 month) certificate of completion, and a new cohort starts each fall. Also, students may choose the more traditional two-year (4 semester) associate of applied science degree which includes the requirements of the diesel certificate. As a bonus, Casper College is partnered with G E Energy's Waukesha Natural Gas Engine Division. Successful second semester/year students may elect to add this course of study, which emphasizes natural gas engine technology.

Students are in both lecture and lab courses all day Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for either working in a shop setting at school or on-the-job in the diesel industry (cooperative education). Students who choose to spend Fridays on-the-job receive both college credit and a competitive hourly wage which helps to offset their college expenses.

Casper College works very closely with area business and industry to ensure student success. The Wyoming Trucking Association and Casper College work jointly to provide update training for both new and veteran diesel technicians. Several scholarships are awarded to diesel students each year.

Employment info

Learn more about wage ranges as well as the occupational profile for mobile heavy equipment mechanics and bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists.

Places where students have gone on to work:

  • Energy industry (mining, oil and gas)
  • Transportation industry (semi trucks and light-duty automotive)
  • Construction industry
  • Agricultural industry
  • Power generation

Career opportunities include

  • Semi Trucks
  • Mining Equipment
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Power Generation
  • Marine Propulsion
  • Locomotives
  • Automotive

Degrees and certificates

For requirements and more information about these programs, view their listings in the academic catalog:

Points of Pride

  • All hand tools are supplied for in-school use
  • Engine dynamometer to test-run student built engines
  • Chassis dynamometer
  • New ISX Cummins Tier IV emissions training module
  • Caterpillar 3408 training module (see photo)
  • Instructors have both academic training and industry experience
  • Spacious modern shop
  • Majority of class time is hands-on learning
  • Partnerships with businesses in the diesel industry thereby affording students employment (COOP) opportunities
  • Wyoming Trucking Association update/training seminars
  • Students work on special (real-world) projects
  • Two-person teams for lab work

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Academic Assistant, School of Business and Industry
Office: BU 103
Department Chair;
Diesel Power Technology Instructor
Office: CS 150
Dean, School of Business and Industry
Office: BU 103


Jeff Morris
CS 149

Glen Roberts
CS 150

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Name: Diesel Power Technology Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 9 months.

This program will cost $5,250 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $3,216.50 of debt. 

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/