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Diesel Technology


Today’s power market is almost exclusively diesel-fueled from 20 to more than 55,000 horsepower. The need for diesel technicians is rapidly increasing, with growing applications in automotive, light trucking and in the lawn and garden equipment fields.

Coupled with the strong market applications to meet the industrial, trucking, construction, power generator and agricultural needs, the expanding technology in engines and fuel systems requires trained technicians to maintain them. Courses in System Fundamentals, Nozzles and Injectors, and Diesel Fuel Injection Pumps are complemented with electrical, hydraulic, welding, engine overhaul and transmission education. Classes offered at SUNY Cobleskill require hands-on training so each student may develop those skills necessary to meet current and future challenges.

Students successfully completing the program are highly sought-after technicians with the skills to be successful in the industry. The Diesel Technology program has recently been further enhanced by being accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).


Degree Option

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Advisement Tracks

Diesel Technology students choose one of two tracks — John Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment or Diesel Technology. Both tracks prepare students to work as successful diesel technicians and include the same foundation classes.

Students in the Diesel Technology complete their for-credit work experience in a professional, industry placement set up with their advisor.

John Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment students complete a paid internship for a John Deere dealership that agrees to sponsor the student.


Learn more about the John Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment track


Course Offerings

  • Intro to Computing in Ag Eng Tech
  • Fundamentals of Diesel Engine Technology
  • Basic Welding
  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Fuel Systems
  • Construction Equipment Systems
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Hydraulic & Hydrostatic Diagnostics
  • Electrical/Electronic System Diagnostics
  • Power Train Theory Diagnostics & Repair
  • Air Conditioning
  • Equipment Retailing Management


Partnerships & Affiliations

The Diesel Tech program at SUNY Cobleskill is proud to have partners and affiliates with outside equipment companies to provide our students with real experience on the latest technology. These partnerships include:

Anderson Equipment, CAT and Milton Caterpillar, Capital Tractor, CNH, John Deere, Komatsu, Monroe Tractor, Vantage Equipment, and Volvo.

Capital Tractor
John Deere
Monroe Tractor
Vantage Equipment
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Learn more about the Milton CAT Scholarship Partnership