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Career-Specific Program Overview

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Diesel Technology

The Diesel Technology program will prepare students for a career as a Diesel Service technician. The program focuses on the fundamentals of design, repair, and preventative maintenance of diesel engines and basic diesel systems. These systems include, engine performance, cooling systems, lubrication systems, induction exhaust and after-treatment systems, hydrostatic transmissions, charging systems, heavy-duty torque converters, power train principles, heavy-duty clutches, transport refrigeration, brake air systems, steering alignment. Technical skills will also be developed in advanced diagnostics and repair of engine and system controls. Students completing this program will be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary to diagnose, service, and repair different systems of Class 4 through Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Students have the opportunity to earn ASE Student Certifications in 4 different content areas: Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, and Steering & Suspension.

Career Opportunities

  • Independent shop owner/operator
  • Shop manager in auto dealership
  • Manager of nationwide trucking company
  • Parts store manager
  • Owner of trucking company and truck shop
  • Line mechanic

Degree/Certificate Requirements

    Institutional Learning Outcomes

    Program Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Diesel Technology will be able to:

    • Practice personal and professional work habits
    • Perform light maintenance, basic repair, and inspections on vehicles.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology will be able to:

    • Perform basic electrical repairs.
    • Perform basic mechanical repairs on medium-heavy duty engines

    Program Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology will be able to:

    • Diagnose electronics control systems using appropriate diagnostic tools, software and service information
    • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck suspension and steering systems
    • Diagnose and repair Air and Hydraulic ABS and Electronic Stability Control Systems
    • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems

    Certifications

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    OSHA 10 For General Industry