Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics  

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to troubleshoot and repair truck and heavy equipment systems. 

Specialized classroom and laboratory activities provide each student with the opportunity to learn all phases of repair work on diesel-powered equipment, such as diagnosing malfunctions, servicing and repairing diesel equipment, and repairing fuel injection systems and electronic engine systems. Students will also learn how to properly use technical manuals and tools to perform each job through hands-on training. Students will learn everything from basic engines to CDL license test preparation.

Students who complete the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level job as a diesel mechanic.

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics Curriculum

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics program consists of the following industry-focused courses: 

  • Basic Engines
  • Advanced Engines
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • D.O.T. Vehicle Inspection
  • Equipment Safety/Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Diesel and Gas Tune-up
  • Industrial and Agricultural Equipment
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Systems
  • Heavy Vehicle Brakes
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Electronic Engine Systems
  • Heavy Vehicle Drive Trains
  • Fuel Systems
  • Heavy Vehicle Steering and Suspension
  • CDL License Test Preparation
  • Electrical/Electronic Fundamentals
  • Special Projects in Diesel Mechanics

Students are also required to take Orientation, Introductory Technical English I, Introductory Mathematics I, Introductory Computer Skills II, and Oral Communication Skills in order to meet the 59 credit hour requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate program. Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Undergraduate Certificate

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College offers a two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics. This program is Pell Grant eligible.

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