Diesel Technology

1 Year Program

Diesel Technology is designed for students to work with large scale equipment such as agricultural, material handling, and highway equipment. Students work in the classroom learning about the various diesel engines and components. The lab provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience with diesel engines and heavy duty equipment. Students will perform the following duties: servicing, maintaining, repairing, inspecting, cleaning, dismantling engines and electrical systems, inspection, repair and maintenance of hydraulics systems, diagnosing of internal combustion engines, electrical components, transmissions, and heavy-duty brakes and suspension.

Success Indicators

Success Indicators are recommendations of benchmarks that students should have to be successful when enrolled in this Career & Technical Education course.

Center-Wide Success Indicators

  • Regular Attendance
  • Shows Initiative
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Credit Healthy
  • Transportation: Students may have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences, which would require the student to provide transportation to and from the work site.

Program-Specific Success Indicators

  • Academic
    • Reading: Grade level reading ability recommended; frequent use of computer programs and/or charts to look up vehicle diagnostic information and specifications.  Textbooks used are college level.
    • Writing: Daily lab sheets are completed and graded for professional/industry language and vocab; handwriting must be legible; workbook assignments.
    • Math: Basic math skills; measuring using fractions and decimals.
    • Memorization/Note Taking: Notes are given daily in the classroom.  Tests are given after each unit and contain up to 100 questions.  Tests are short answers, students allowed to use notes they have taken. Memorization to include various tool and equipment safety set up procedures and fractions/decimal equivalents.
  • Physical
    • Physical: Able to lift heavy objects; lots of bending and twisting movements required.
    • Clothing/Special Equipment: Full length pants, shirts that cover arms to elbows, and proper footwear (closed toe/heel boots or shoes) required.  Eye protection is provided and required to be worn at all times.
    • Fine Motor Skills: Ability to work with small fasteners; ability to read fine print; requires work in confined/tight spaces.
    • Spatial Awareness: May often be required to move equipment, cars, and machines.
  • Other
    • Medical Requirements: Students will be in settings with continual exposure to diesel and gas fumes, heat, and torch lights; may affect allergies.  Chemicals, such as oil, may react with the skin.
    • Related Interests: Interest in transportation and/or repair.
    • Classroom Instructional Methods: Approximately 30 minute lecture, 15 minute assignment, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes  in the lab covering task demonstration/practice.


  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Auto/Trucks Part Specialist
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Utility Person
  • Truck Driver
  • Service Manager
  • Diesel Mechanic

Additional Info on Careers, Wages & More

Articulated College Credits

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

Current List of Articulated College Credits

Embedded High School Credits

Career center programs offer the student the opportunity to receive high school academic credit upon program completion. Students MUST be a program completer to earn these credits. A program completer is defined as a student who has completed all 12 segments of the curriculum AND earned a 2.0 (C) or higher GPA per semester in the program. Credits are granted by the student's local high school and determined by their counselor.

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