David Cox named new Diesel Equipment Technology instructor at South Georgia Tech

May 10, 2023
David Cox
David Cox

David Cox of Americus has been hired as a new full-time Diesel Equipment Technology instructor at South Georgia Technical College, announced South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford.  He will report to South Georgia Technical College Academic Dean David Finley and SGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Julie Partain.  He is joining SGTC as a full-time instructor and will work with existing instructor Chase Shannon.

Cox is a graduate of the South Georgia Technical College Diesel Equipment Technology program.  He has 15 years of experience with Flint Ag and Turf as a John Deere Service Technician.

“David Cox brings a wealth of knowledge to the South Georgia Technical College Diesel Equipment Technology Program.  He has been responsible for working in the field on heavy equipment and that practical experience will be an asset to our students,” said SGTC President Dr. John Watford.  “We welcome him to South Georgia Technical College and look forward to seeing him help Chase Shannon grow the Diesel program.”

Diesel Equipment Technology is designed to prepare students for careers in the diesel equipment service and repair profession.  Students develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required to acquire, retain, and advance in the field.  The program emphasizes a combination of truck, heavy equipment, marine systems and emergency power generator repair theory and practical application.  There are also specializations in this field of study.

Diesel service technicians and mechanics are in high demand and the employment outlook is expected to grow 12 percent in the next six years.  The average salary for a Diesel technician is approximately $50,000 a year.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Diesel Equipment Technology diploma can enroll in South Georgia Technical College’s eight-week Summer Semester.  Classes start May 24th and it is a great way to get a head start on a new career.  Fall semester begins August 17th.  Fall registration will be held on July 18 and August 15.  For more information contact SGTC Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor Chase Shannon at cshannon@southgatech.edu or David Cox at david.cox@southgatech.edu.  Students can apply online at www.southgatech.edu by clicking on apply now or contacting the SGTC admissions department at 229-931-2760 in Americus and 229-271-4051 in Cordele. 

Diesel Equipment Technology is included in the Hope Career Grant program that provides up to an extra $500 per semester in tuition and fees for HOPE grant eligible students.  This is for students who enroll in select majors specially aligned with one of the 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.