The Transportation Technology associate of applied science degree will provide education in most types of land transportation vehicles and construction equipment, including cars, trucks, tractors, construction equipment, and mining equipment.
Students will have the option of selecting lighter vehicle or heavier equipment tracks. This program will provide a broader preparation for the mechanical occupations with separate focuses on lighter and heavier duty vehicles.
Diesel Service Technology
The widespread use of the diesel engine as a power source provides ample opportunity for a great number of rewarding careers in the use, maintenance, and service of diesel-powered equipment. Good pay is available in these positions, and the ongoing technological changes make a career in the diesel industry personally rewarding and challenging. The ongoing advancement in diesel technology and electronic control systems has resulted in better engine performance, better fuel economy, lower exhaust emissions, greater durability, and an even longer engine life. The Diesel Technology program provides training on new technology, new control systems and their components, how they function, and how to diagnose and service them. Employers prefer to hire graduates of the diesel program because of their skills and ability to quickly advance to the journeyman technician level. Western Dakota Technical Institute uses both classroom and laboratory hands-on training to give the individuals the skills they need to be successful in their field.
Auto Service Technology
The Western Dakota Tech Transportation Tech-Light Duty program, through the use of effective teaching techniques, clear student learning outcomes, and effective assessment, strives to enable students the ability to acquire the latest technology and training. With the students’ efforts, we help prepare them for entry into the basic auto technology employment field and provide them the skills for lifelong learning.Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain or repair automobiles and light trucks with gasoline engines. The ability to diagnose the source of the problem quickly and accurately, one of the mechanic’s most valuable skills, requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Automotive technology is rapidly increasing in sophistication, and most training authorities strongly recommend that persons seeking automotive technician jobs complete a formal training program after graduating from high school, continuing their education, or changing careers. Automotive technology will be among the occupations with the most job openings.