John Deere Tech

John Deere Tech

Program Description

Our John Deere Tech program was the first of its kind in the United States and has become a model for other John Deere Tech programs. You will learn about engine and fuel systems, hydraulics and power trains, electrical and electronics, tillage, seeding and harvesting equipment, heating and air conditioning, and Oxy Acetylene and Gas Metal Arc Welding. If you want the skills necessary to secure employment as a high-quality technician in a Fortune 500 Company, this program is for you.

Your coursework will consist of lectures and labs taken on our Milford campus. You will do your off-campus training at a John Deere dealership.


Our program prepares you prepares you for employment as high-quality, entry-level technicians with John Deere Agricultural Equipment dealers. Career options include:

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician at a John Deere agricultural dealership
  • Agricultural Management Solutions (AMS, GPS) at a John Deere dealership


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Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree
Locations: Milford
Formats: In-Person
Start: Fall
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$19,602 Associate of Applied Science

Students in the John Derre Tech program are problem solvers and like challenges. They have a natural mechanical ability and are detail oriented. They are also self-motivated, good team players, trustworthy, dedicated and interested in agriculture.

You can start the John Deere Tech program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.
  5. Complete and Submit the Dealer Approval Form to Admissions. Please contact your sponsoring dealership to initiate the electronic form. (If you are having trouble with the electronic form, print the PDF and complete.)

In addition, you are required to provide or purchase a tool set while you are in the program. You may purchase the tools from a vendor of your choice but realize the cost of the tools varies depending on the vendor. Each term has different tool requirements.


Our John Deere Tech program is a cooperative effort between John Deere Co., the John Deere Dealership Network and SCC. It is designed to be completed in four semesters. Students are on campus participating in lecture/lab courses and are given a unique opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge they have learned on campus at their sponsoring John Deere dealership. During these Cooperative Education Experiences, students are paid, helping offset the costs of college. The program is fully accredited by the state of Nebraska and by the Higher Learning Commission.


Financial Assistance

Students entering this program may qualify for the Scott Pathway Scholarship.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact