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Diesel Technology – Industrial Maintenance

Western Dakota Tech’s Diesel Technology program has teamed up with local industry partners to enhance an educational opportunity in high-demand mining production. This educational opportunity is based on already established courses in a combination of successful programs, providing students with knowledge and skills needed in a quickly emerging industry.

Degree Description

Western Dakota Tech’s Diesel Technology program has teamed up with local industry partners to enhance an educational opportunity in high demand industrial production. This educational opportunity is based on already established courses in a combination of successful programs, providing students with knowledge and skills needed in a quickly emerging industry.

This four-semester blended program offers courses from already established and successful programs (Diesel Technology, Electrical Trades, Welding & Fabrication, and Precision Machining) to create a combined degree option that will meet industry needs for skills workers. The program is comprised of educational components including diesel technology, powertrains, preventative maintenance, hydraulics, turning and milling theory, electrical motor fundamentals, programmable logic controllers and basic welding. This program will also provide education and training in soft skills such as workplace communication, math, and basic computer skills.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Provide an official copy of a High School transcript or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence.
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Students will work in a learning environment that focuses on problem-solving, critical questions, and real-world case studies forming the basis for a comprehensive understanding.

Graduates will have basic skills to maintain a safe working environment, troubleshoot and diagnose mechanical drives and hydraulic systems, verbalize basic components of industrial electricity and motor controls, demonstrate proper and effective use of current technology tolling commonly used in industry, apply knowledge and skills in diagnosis and repair, implement an appropriate record-keeping system, demonstrate basic principles of welding and precision machining, and understand production principles.

Graduates of this program will have opportunities for career choices such as Operations Foreman, Mobile Maintenance Mechanic, Industrial Technician, Process Technician, Crusher Maintenance Technician, Mine Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor, and General Maintenance and Repair Technician.

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Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.

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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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