John Deere TECH

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John Deere TECH

Subject Area: Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 78

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall


JD TechThe 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 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.

Admissions Requirements
  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. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.

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

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

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGM:531 John Deere AMS/Implement Technology 3.5
AGM:532 John Deere Fundamentals and Safety 3.5
AGM:533 John Deere Combines 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


Term 2
AGM:534 John Deere Hydraulics I 3.5
AGM:807 John Deere Internship I 8.0


Term 3
AGM:516 John Deere Heating and Air Conditioning 2.0
AGM:535 John Deere Hydraulics II 3.5
AGM:538 John Deere Power Train


PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0


Term 4
AGM:542 John Deere Information Technology 3.5
AGM:808 John Deere Internship II 8.0


Term 5
AGM:504 John Deere Welding 1.0
AGM:537 John Deere Electrical/Electronics II 3.5
AGM:539 John Deere Consumer Products/Engines 3.5
AGM:540 John Deere Diesel Engines 3.5
AGM:541 John Deere Diesel and
Fuel Systems/Tractor Performance
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
* Math/Science Elective 3.0

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 from the areas listed above is required.


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

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

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,675 - $42,053 and a projected growth of 3.4%, the career outlook for John Deere TECH graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Barker Implement, Albia, Leon and Knoxville, IA
Baumler Implement, West Union, IA
Bodensteiner Implement, Elkader, Waukon, Clermont, New Hampton and Dyersville, IA
Centerville Implement & Tractor, Centerville, IA
Clermont Implement, Clermont, IA
Decorah Implement, Decorah, IA
Dyersville Equipment, Dyersville, IA
Ernie Williams Ltd., Buffalo Center, IA
Hanley Auto Body, Dubuque, IA
Harcourt Equipment, Harcourt, IA
Horizon Equipment, Adair, IA
Hub City Implement, Oelwein, IA
Kibble Equipment, Kiester, MN
Monticello Equipment Co., Monticello, IA
North Country Equipment, Osage, IA
P&K Midwest, Mt. Vernon, IA
Phelps Implement, Greene, IA
Precision Ag, Muscatine, IA
Precision Equipment, Mediapolis, IA
Regancrest, Waukon, IA
Rowley Equipment, Rowley, IA
Ryerson's Implement, Story City and Nevada, IA
Schenkelberg Implement, Carrol, IA
SEMA Equipment Inc., St. Charles, Plainview, Wanamingo and Spring Valley, MN
Southard's, Grinnell, IA
Trimark, New Hampton, IA
Van Wall Equipment, Madrid and Perry IA
Waukon Implement, Waukon, IA
Ziegler Cat, Mason City, IA

View additional career information for the John Deere TECH program.

Additional Information
Transfer Information

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.


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Duane Bouska
John Deere TECH Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 385

Neil Grube
John Deere TECH Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 392

Matt Johnson
John Deere TECH Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 289

Rodney Necker
John Deere TECH Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 386