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Diesel Technology

The Rend Lake College Diesel Technology program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and work skills needed to enter the diesel engine repair and maintenance field. This mechanical-field program is structured with both lecture and laboratory experience and leads to either an Associate in Applied Science Degree or an Occupational Certificate.
College personnel take great pride in the fact that most work is based on realistic live-work situations. Emphasis is placed on hydraulics, diesel fuel systems, transmissions and power trains, diesel engine maintenance, diesel engine electronics and computerized engine controllers in relation to the modern technology of today’s industry. Associate degree course work includes one semester of supervised occupational experience (on-the-job training).

Degrees & Certificates in Diesel Technology



Occupational Certificate
► Total = 30 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)


Associate in Applied Science Degree

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance and repair of diesel engines. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student should have a thorough knowledge of servicing diesel systems and their accessories. Also upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 66 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

WELD 1270 Introduction to Welding Processes (4)
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.
2 Highly recommended course for students in the Diesel Technology program.

Program Outcomes

Diesel Technology

  • Communicate effectively the current issues and challenges of the Agriculture industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to gather and synthesize information pertinent to Agriculture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to calculate and interpret results of specific agricultural scenarios.
  • Exhibit an in-depth understanding of internal combustion engines common to the agriculture industry.
  • Develop critical thinking skills in order to troubleshoot DC electrical systems.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of fluid power.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding concerning function and adjustment of various agricultural implements.
  • Demonstrate a personal work ethic and perspective necessary to be successful in the agriculture industry.


  • Paying it forward: RLC donates to local high schools

    INA, Ill. (Feb. 28, 2020) — Rend Lake College recently came bearing gifts for several local high school agriculture programs in the form of small and diesel engines. RLC was able to donate several engines to agriculture programs at Webber High School, Benton Consolidated High School and Wayne City High School. The engines will give local students a chance to gain insight into the mechanical side of...
  • Apprenticeship programs showcased at RLC

    INA, Ill. (Feb. 26, 2020) — Students and businesses from around the region got a firsthand look at how apprenticeships benefit the local workforce Wednesday at Rend Lake College. RLC hosted Apprenticeship Works! — a program that showcased how local businesses have worked with the college to give students on-the-job training that will benefit them during their future careers. Current students...

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Applied Science & Technology
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University
Ag Mechanics & Diesel Technology Professor
Phone Extension: 1269
Building: Applied Science Center
Office: 112
Ag Mechanics Certificate, Rend Lake College | A.A.S., Rend Lake College
Diesel Technology Instructor | Applied Science & Advanced Technology
Phone Extension: 7915
Building: Applied Science Center
Office: 115
B.S., Southern Illinois University| A.A.S., Rend Lake College 
Administrative Assistant | Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 139
A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College | A.S., John A. Logan College

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science


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