John Deere TECH

Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation

The John Deere TECH program is designed to upgrade the technical competence and professional level of the incoming John Deere dealership technician. It is supported by the John Deere Company and operated by Northeast Iowa Community College. You will receive classroom lecture and real life laboratory experiences on John Deere products at the Calmar campus and a unique opportunity to work at a John Deere dealership. Each specialized subject is studied in the classroom and laboratory on campus, followed by related work experience at the dealership. Classroom instruction covers the basics as well as the latest developments in all John Deere agricultural and consumer products.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 79
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $17,538*
Program Supplies: $2,500 - 5,000

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$23,557 - 54,257

Estimated annual salary range for Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.

In addition to the College admission procedures, applicants must secure a John Deere dealer sponsor prior to acceptance. View the John Deere TECH Sponsorship Form (pdf).

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2019-2020 John Deere TECH Class Schedule


AGM:531 John Deere AMS/Implement Technology 3.5
AGM:532 John Deere Fundamentals and Safety 3.5
AGM:534 John Deere Hydraulics I 3.5
AGM:536 John Deere Electrical/Electronics I 3.5
ENG:105 Composition I OR 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


AGM:543 John Deere Combines 4.0
AGM:807 John Deere Internship I 8.0


AGM:516 John Deere Heating and Air Conditioning 2.0
AGM:535 John Deere Hydraulics II 3.5
AGM:538 John Deere Power Train 5.5
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0


AGM:544 John Deere Consumer Products/Engines 4.0
AGM:808 John Deere Internship II 8.0


AGM:504 John Deere Welding 1.0
AGM:537 John Deere Electrical/Electronics II 3.5
AGM:540 John Deere Diesel Engines 3.5
AGM:541 John Deere Diesel and
Fuel Systems/Tractor Performance
AGM:542 John Deere Information Technology 3.5
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
* Math/Science Elective 3.0

Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certificate.


Math/Science Electives: MAT:102, MAT:744, MAT:773, transfer-level MAT, transfer-level Science Elective

This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.

The John Deere TECH program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta

Duane Bouska
Agriculture Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1385
  • Location: Calmar

Neil Grube
Agriculture Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1392
  • Location: Calmar

Matthew Johnson
Agriculture Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1289
  • Location: Calmar

Rodney Necker
John Deere Agriculture Technology Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1386
  • Location: Calmar