DMACC Partners with Van Wall to Offer New Power Equipment Technology AAS Degree

Posted 3/6/2023

Nathan Hobbiebrunken of Nevada (pictured above), a student in the new DMACC Power Equipment Technology Program, demonstrates hydraulics and electronics trainers to attendees during a special Program Information Session held on Fri., March 3, at the Power Equipment Technology Learning Facility located at the CITECenter on the Central Iowa Expo Farm Progress Show Grounds near Boone. The trainers were donated by Van Wall Equipment to help DMACC students to understand, diagnose and repair hydraulics and electrical systems. Hobbiebrunken ​is completing his college-credit hands-on internship at his hometown Van Wall Equipment dealership in Nevada.​

  • Students in the new Power Equipment Technology Program gain foundational knowledge of gasoline and small diesel engines, and their components that can be applied to real-world experience.

  • The program can be completed in five terms (21 months), with paid student internships, tool allowances and full scholarships provided by Van Wall.

  • The first group of students are already moving through the program, and DMACC and Van Wall are currently accepting applications from individuals who would like to begin the program in the Fall 2023 semester.

DMACC stu​dents​ now have the opportunity to earn an Asso​ciate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Powe​r Equipment Technology through an innovative new partnership between DMACC and Van Wall Equipment.

The first group of DMACC Power Equipment Technology students started classes in Fall 2022 and will graduate in Spring 2024 after completing the 21-month program. An information session and lunch event for the new program were held Fri., March 3, at the CITECenter on the Central Iowa Expo Farm Progress Show Grounds near Boone​.

“In the DMACC Pow​​er Technology Program, students learn the basics in nine technical areas: Shop Fundamentals, Basic Electricity, Fuel Systems, Engine Repair, Small Engines, Power Trains, Power Equipment Hydraulics, Air Conditioning and Welding,” said Roy Kokemuller, the Technical Course Instructor in the program. “When they graduate, students will have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and have foundational knowledge of gasoline and ​small diesel engines, and their components that can be applied to real-world experience.”

DMACC and Van Wall worked together to plan the program's curriculum. Technical courses are taught at the CITECenter near Boone, and General Education courses are held at the DMACC Boone Campus.

Van Wall provides paid student internships, tool allowances and full scholarships to qualifying students in the program, and currently provides the CITECenter learning facility, power technology equipment and the instructor. Van Wall equipped the classroom with state-of-the art training simulators in electricity, hydraulics, hydrostatic systems and air conditioning. Additionally, Kohler donated 10 new engines for the students to work on in the small engines class.

The program includes an on-the-job internship component, and with Van Wall, students are paid a standard hourly rate for all of the time spent working at dealerships to fulfill this component. Students have an opportunity each semester to achieve pay increases by meeting set academic standards.

How to learn more:

The DMACC Power Equipment Technology Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2023 semester, which is when the next program co-hort will begin.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program is encouraged to contact DMACC Pathway Navigator Jean Ostrander at (515) 433-5055 or, or Van Wall Recruiting Specialist Brittnie Van Houten at (515) 423-7643 or​.

​More information can also be found online at

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