Diesel Technology

The Diesel Technology program provides the student with an opportunity to master the manipulative and critical thinking skills required for success in servicing and maintaining Diesel, CNG, and LNG powered heavy duty commercial trucks, offhighway heavy equipment, stationary engines, and marine craft.

The two-year curriculum has three tracks leading to a Certificate of Achievement, and two tracks leading to an Associate in Science degree. In addition, the diesel program offers Certificates of Performance in nine specialty areas. These certificates can be applied toward the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science degree.

Program Emphasis

The Diesel Technology program provides the student with an opportunity to master the manipulative and critical thinking skills required for success in servicing and maintaining Diesel, CNG, and LNG powered heavy duty commercial trucks, offhighway heavy equipment, stationary engines, and, marine craft.

The two-year curriculum has three tracks leading to a Certificate of Achievement, and two tracks leading to an Associate in Science degree. In addition, the diesel program offers Certificates of Performance in nine specialty areas. These certificates can be applied toward the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science degree.

Career/Transfer Options

Some of the many career options in the commercial truck industry include:

  • Heavy-Duty Truck Technician
  • CNG/ LNG Bus Technician
  • Truck & Bus Fleet Service Technician
  • Power Generation Technician
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul Technician
  • CNG/ LNG Engine Overhaul Technician

Some of the many career options in the heavy equipment industry include:

  • Heavy-Equipment Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Service Lube Technician
  • Marine Engine Technician

Some of the many career options in related industries include:

  • Commercial Truck Inspector
  • Service Writer/ Advisor
  • Truck & Equipment Parts Sales Person

Some diesel-related career fields require area specific training in addition to the courses required in the HDTT, HET certificates. Students intending to transfer to a university could consider the following related areas:

  • Business Management
  • Applied Engineering
  • Engineering

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Diesel Technology Program will be able to:

  • Perform the manipulative and critical thinking skills when performing service work on heavy duty vehicles, systems, and components using a variety of tools, equipment and instruments.
  • Perform service procedures safely and implement workplace health and safety compliance using regulations published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Perform research, locate, and use heavy-duty service information, special instructions, and specifications with printed or web-based resources.

Catalog Pages

316 (DIES)

Degrees & Certificates

Diesel Technology

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
Diesel Fuel Injection Systems         316 (DIES)
Engine Overhaul, Caterpillar         316 (DIES)
Engine Overhaul, Cummins         316 (DIES)
Engine Overhaul, Detroit Diesel         316 (DIES)
Engine Repair, Caterpillar         316 (DIES)
Engine Repair, Cummins         316 (DIES)
Engine Repair, Detroit Diesel         316 (DIES)
Heavy Duty Diesel and Advanced Transportation Technology (HDDAT)--Evening Program         316 (DIES)
Heavy Duty Transportation Technology (HDTT) (Day Program)       316 (DIES)
Heavy Equipment Powertrains         316 (DIES)
Heavy Equipment Technology (HET) (Day Program)       316 (DIES)
Heavy Equipment Undercarriage Systems         316 (DIES)
Mobile Hydraulics Technician         316 (DIES)
San Diego City Civil Service Equipment Mechanic Apprenticeship       316 (DIES)
San Diego Transit General Mechanic       316 (DIES)
Steering, Suspension, and Drivelines         316 (DIES)
Truck Air Brake Systems         316 (DIES)
Truck and Equipment Electrical Systems         316 (DIES)
Truck Drive Axles         316 (DIES)
Truck Transmissions and Clutches         316 (DIES)

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