About the Program
The Diesel Technology – Komatsu program is an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) that is designed to develop technically competent, professional service technicians. Students receive state-of-the-art technical training on Komatsu construction equipment and related products through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction, and cooperative educational work experience at a participating Komatsu dealership. The Komatsu program takes five semesters or approximately 20 months to complete. The five semesters are divided into 9 terms, each approximately eight weeks in length. Students complete the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th terms on campus. They complete the 4th, 6th and 8th terms at a sponsoring Komatsu dealership.
Classroom and laboratory instruction at NDSCS covers the basics of each subject plus the latest developments in Komatsu equipment. Work experience at the dealership is structured to relate to the most recent classroom subjects covered at NDSCS and includes projects to improve the student’s skill level. Students are required to obtain a sponsor from an authorized Komatsu dealership. Students can request assistance in locating a sponsoring dealer, and dealers can request assistance in locating a student to sponsor. Dealers are responsible for providing students with employment and challenging repair projects during the work experience periods. Students are responsible for tuition, fees, textbook and tool costs.
As Komatsu dealers, we are in constant need of educated, hard working diesel techs to join our teams. We find great value in this program and the students going through it. For this reason, we cover the costs associated with tuition, fees and supplies. Through scholarships, we reimburse up to 90% of the costs dependent upon Grade Point Average (GPA).
Participating Komatsu dealers will not cover program tools, all tools are the responsibility of the student. Students must provide the program coordinator a copy of their transcript after each semester.
Scholarships will be paid after program completion directly to the institution responsible for the student loan. Only if no student loans exist, will monies be paid directly to the student. Payments directly to students will be subject to all applicable taxes. Scholarship monies will be paid over a 36 month time period.
Students falling below a cumulative 2.5 GPA will be required to meet with the program coordinator and develop a plan for immediate improvement or face termination from the program.
Participating Komatsu dealerships will also provide required uniforms and may cover other expenses at their discretion.