Diesel Technology

Program Locations: Hastings Campus
Program Level: Certificate, Diploma, Associate
Department: Skilled and Technical Sciences

Our Diesel Technology program will provide you with the training needed to begin a high-paying career as a diesel technician. You’ll develop professional skills through hands-on work on all systems of diesel construction equipment, farm tractors and trucks, including air conditioning, computerized fuel systems, diesel engines, electrical systems, hydraulics and power trains.

Industry Partners

Industry partners of our Diesel Technology program offer student assistance through scholarships and sponsorships. Most of these sponsorships provide tuition, fees, books and hand tools as well as summer internships. Listed below are some of our industry partners and links to their sponsorship applications and offerings.

NMC CAT (Nebraska Machinery Company)

Looking for a profitable career opportunity but don’t know where to start? NMC in partnership with the Diesel Technology Program at Central Community College-Hastings offers a two-year sponsorship. It includes two paid summer internships, paid tuition, books, fees and NMC-branded uniforms, toolbox and tools, personalized mentoring during the summers as well as the school year, and employment and career progression opportunities with NMC. 

Apply or contact NMC for additional information. Email recruiting@nmc-corp.com or call 402-891-7555. 

Titan Machinery

Titan Machinery Inc. owns and operates a network of full service agricultural and construction equipment dealerships in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. All locations represent one or more of the CNH Industrial brands, including Case IH, New Holland Agriculture, Case Construction and New Holland Construction.

Titan Machinery provides selected sponsored students a FULL academic ride which includes tuition, fees, supplies and tools/box valuing more than $20,000. Students also receive employment prior to, during and after program completion while earning a highly competitive wage. 

 Apply today or contact our talent team at careers@titanmachinery.com or 701-356-0130 to learn more.

Nebraska Trucking Association

The Nebraska Trucking Association  provides two $500 scholarships each year for CCC diesel students.

Nebraska Truck Center

Nebraska Truck Center, a Freightliner and Western Star dealership was founded in 1969. The company has service locations in Grand Island and North Platte and a body shop in Hastings. Every year, Nebraska Truck Center sponsors diesel technology students by providing tuition, books and tools as well as paid summer internships. Sponsored students are obligated to work at a Nebraska Truck Center service location for two years following graduation. Apply Online 

Program Options

Associate of Applied Science



program overview

course descriptions

Course Sequence by Specialization

The Diesel Technology program is fall-start only. 

Diesel Career Day

This event allows prospective students to tour the Hastings Campus, meet the instructors of the Diesel, Heavy Equipment and Truck Driving programs, and have the opportunity to meet with employers in these fields from across the state. This is a great opportunity to learn about different sponsorships and scholarships that are available, as well as the potential for job opportunities after graduation.

Diesel Career Day will be Thursday Oct. 5, 2023 - Registration will open mid-September

Diesel instructor working with two students

RUAN truck in the shop

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How long will it take?

Finish in 2 years by completing 4 semesters and 1 summer session

The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on assessment scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

Tool List

*See your instructor for an official list or if you have questions.

Tool Box recommended length is 45 inches.

1/4 Inch Drive Set

1 ratchet 
1 extension 
1 universal joint 
1 socket set 3/16-9/16” 
1 socket set 4-15 mm 
1 drive handle (w/female drive on top) 
1 socket set 3/16-9/16” deep well

3/8 Inch Drive Set

1 standard length ratchet 
1 flex-head or tune-up ratchet 
3 extensions, 3, 6,and 11” 
1 socket set 1/4-7/8” 
1 socket set 1/4-7/8” deep well, 12 point 
1 socket set 8-19 mm 
1 socket set 8-19 mm deep well 
1 universal joint

1/2 Inch Drive Set

1 ratchet 
1 socket set 3/8-1-5/16” deep 
2 extensions 
1 breaker bar 
Metric 12 point, 12-24




SAE combination 3/8”-1-1/4” 
Metric combination 10-19 mm 
Flare Nut 1/4-11/16” (Line Wrenches) 
5/64-3/8” Allen wrenches 
1.5-10mm Allen wrenches


6” comb. Slip joint plier 
7” diagonal cutter 
6” needle nose plier 
9” adjustable joint plier

Screwdriver Set Containing

8-Piece Screw Driver Set containing #1 and 
#2 Phillips, and Slotted Screwdrivers

Miscellaneous Tools

Internal and External Snap Ring Plier Set 
Wire stripper 
Punch & Chisel set (10 pc min.) 
Torx Drivers, sized 10-55 
Plastic tip hammer 
Dead blow Hammer at least 36oz. 
12 or 16 oz. ball peen hammer 
32 oz. ball peen hammer 
3/8” Click Torque Wrench 
1/2” Click Torque Wrench 
Penlight or Flashlight 
12’ tape measure 
Telescoping Inspection mirror 
Magnetic pick-up tool 
Carbon scraper 
10” Vise-Grip/locking pliers 
16” & 20” rolling head pry bar 
Curved Pry Bar Set (8”-36”) 
Hook & Awl (pick) set 
Standard Feeler gauges (.0015”-.035”) 
12 volt test light 
Battery angle nose pliers 
Battery Terminal cleaner 
Radiator hose tool 
Wire brush 
Brass Drift 1/2” point 
Drill set 1/16” to 1/2” – 29 pieces 
Digital Volt Ohm Meter (HZ, AC/DC, Diode, Ω 
Band Type oil filter wrench kit, band sizes 
from 2-3/8minimum up to 4-7/16 inch 
Deluxe Strap Oil Filter Wrench (9 inch max) 
4” Heavy-Duty Blow Gun w/ Rubber Tip 
Dial Indicator Set 
Dial Caliper (Metric/Standard) 
3-4 piece Bearing Race Driver Set

Personal Protective Equipment

Safety Toed Boots/Shoes 
Safety Glasses/ Clear lens only 
Hearing Protection 
Cut Resistant Gloves/Mechanics Gloves 
Required Diesel Technology Uniforms


Optional Tools

Not mandatory for CCC program

Option 1

1/2” Air Impact Wrench 
1/2” Impact Socket sets 3/8”-1 1/4” 
1/2” Impact Universal joint 
1/2” Drive, 6” Impact Extension

Option 2

3/4” Drive socket set 1-1/8” to 2” 
Breaker bar

Option 3

3/8” Air Impact Wrench 
3/8” Impact Socket Sets 3/8-3/4 
3/8” Impact Socket Set 10mm-19mm 
3/8” Drive, 6” Impact Extension


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Diesel Instructors

Raece Paulsen

Raece Paulsen

Randy Manning

Randy Manning 

Jeff Bexten

Jeff Bexten 

Josh Leth

Josh Leth 

Justin Curtis

Justin Curtis