Farm Equipment & Diesel Technology

Gain hands-on experience with farm equipment while earning an Associate in Applied Science degree. Through our Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology program, you’ll become familiar with all aspects of farm equipment and diesel maintenance and repair. The skills and work experience you gain here will prepare you for a job at a major farm equipment dealership.

Receive training in machinery set-up and repair, complete tractor repair, hydraulics, welding and diesel service, and be ready to enter the workforce with a broad range of skills and knowledge of the field. Learn engine repair and diagnostic testing, engine overhaul and failure analysis, air conditioning, diagnosing of failed systems, repair of clutches, transmissions and final drives, differentials, combine operations and repair/adjustments. Develop skills in all aspects of fuel systems, including gasoline and diesel, injectors, diagnostics and more.

You’ll spend two, four-week portions of the program working in a farm equipment dealership, earning money while completing your coursework. This on-the-job training ensures that you know what to expect when entering the workforce and, even better, that you’ll be ready for it.

Faculty Contact

Dan Bredeson
Instructor, Farm Equipment/Diesel Technology
712-852-5353 Ext: 5353 | dbredeson@iowalakes.educreate new email
Troy Kleve
Instructor, Farm Equipment/Diesel Technology
712-852-5345 Ext: 5345 | tkleve@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details


DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science (78 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg


Did You Know?

Starting Salary: $32,280

Average Salary: $50,320

Projected Employment Growth: 4%

Special Certifications Available

What you'll learn

In the Farm Equipment & Diesel Technology program at Iowa Lakes, you will learn how to:1

  1. Practice safety in the repair and service of agriculture equipment
  2. Identify agriculture equipment system components.
  3. Analyze agriculture equipment components for repair /replacement.
  4. Evaluate agriculture equipment performance to determine needed repairs.
  5. Repair agriculture equipment in the most cost efficient way and satisfying  to the customer

1The What You’ll Learn section of our website provides a description of Learning Outcomes for students who successfully complete all requirements for obtaining a Farm Equipment & Diesel Technology Associate in Applied Science degree from Iowa Lakes Community College.


Term 1

Credits: 6

This course covers the theory and operation of a basic agricultural engine.

Credits: 4

This course covers the theory, diagnosis and service of the complete air conditioning system as applied to farm equipment.

Credits: 5

This course covers the fundamentals of engine overhaul with the emphasis on diesel engines.

Credits: 3

In a Windows environment, the focus of this course is to use hardware and software as business productivity tools. Training includes a hands-on introduction to computer applications vital in business and industry .The course covers computer terminol­ogy, operating system, email, and Internet applications .Hands on training is provided for software business applications includ­ing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.

Term 2

Credits: 2

The dealership experience is a four-week block in which each student works as a full-time mechanic in a farm implement dealership.

Credits: 6

This course covers the technical principles and their application to drive shafts, universal joints, differentials, differential locks, final drives, and power take off, including diagnosis, repair, adjustment, and overhaul procedures.

Credits: 7

This course covers the theory, operation, construction, and service procedures for transmissions.

Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.

Term 3

Credits: 4

This course covers the maintenance and adjustment of harvesting, planting, tillage, and spraying equipment.

Credits: 2

Study of technical principles and their application to fuel injection systems and turbo chargers, including diagnostics, adjustments, and overhaul procedures.

Credits: 3

This course covers the application of technical principles to fuel systems and turbo chargers, including diagnosis, adjustments, and rebuilding procedures.

Corequisites: AGM 420 – Fuel Systems

Credits: 2

Principles and applications of gas and MIG welding theory, safety and shop practices are covered. Lecture and laboratory.

Term 4

Credits: 2

A study of hydraulic components, including troubleshooting, removal, repair and replacement.

Credits: 3

This course studies troubleshooting, repairing, removing and replacing hydraulic components.

Corequisites: AGM 114 – Hydraulics I

Credits: 3

This course focuses on testing hydraulic systems on farm equipment.

Credits: 2

This course focuses on testing hydraulic systems on farm equipment.

Corequisites: AGM 116 – Fundamentals of Hydraulic

Credits: 3

Developing skills in reading, writing and listening as they apply to students’ vocational needs.

Credits: 3

A course in elementary mathematical skills for technicians. Topics covered include fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and signed numbers; percents; geometric figures and basic constructions; area and volume formulas; English/Metric systems; measurements; and basic algebraic equations and applications.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score

Term 5

Credits: 3

This lab covers troubleshooting, repairing, removing and replacing electrical components.

Corequisites: AGM 302 – Electrical Components

Credits: 2

This dealership experience is the second four-week block in which each student works as a full-time mechanic in a farm implement dealership.

Credits: 3

This course studies basic laws and principles of electricity as they apply to the farm equipment repair industry.

Credits: 2

This lab course applies electrical laws and principles by examining electrical systems of farm equipment.

Corequisites: AGM 300 – Fundamentals of Electricity

Credits: 2

This course studies electrical components of farm equipment, including repair and replacement.

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of business, including evaluations, typical forms of business, accounting, management styles, marketing and customer service skills. Concepts of business and management functions, organizational considerations, and decision-making processes, are studied.