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Diesel Technology

The Diesel Technology associate of applied science degree will provide education in most types of land transportation vehicles and construction equipment to include trucks, tractors, construction equipment, and mining equipment.

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Degree Description

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. Western Dakota Technical College uses both classroom and hands-on training to give the individuals the skills they need to be successful in their field.

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is a top-rated Get Ahead Campus through Daimler Trucks of North America (DTNA). Get Ahead is a partnership program between DTNA, diesel schools/programs, and DTNA service network locations, offering diesel schools access to industry web-based training free of charge. WDTC Diesel Technology students can take dealer-level training while still in college, allowing them to start their careers sooner at a DTNA dealership.

This program is fully accredited by the ASE Education Foundation

1503 Edwards Ferry Road NE, Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 669-6650

This program is also fully accredited by the AED Foundation

650 E. Algonquin Rd, Ste 305

Schaumburg, IL 60173


For more information about accreditation, click here.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Technical College 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.  To waive the ACCUPLACER with SAT scores a student will need a 500 on the MATH subsection of ACT and a composite of 970 to waive Writing and Reading. To place into MATH 114 a student will need a 520 on the MATH subsection.  

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Career Description

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.

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After Earning Your Degree

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. Employers prefer to hire graduates of the diesel program because of their skills and ability to quickly advance to the journeyman technician level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2022, the average wage in western South Dakota was $54,260.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Technical College 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 Technical College wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDTC 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 Technical College 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

Finding affordable housing during school can be a challenge for students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not have on-campus housing, but partners with a Rapid City VRBO to offer a limited number of apartments for full-time students in the fall and spring semesters.

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Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Technical College 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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