Shelton State Community College

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Diesel Mechanics  

The Diesel Mechanics program at Shelton State Community College provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to troubleshoot and repair engines manufactured by Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, International, John Deere, and other companies. 

Specialized classroom and laboratory activities provide each student with the opportunity to learn all phases of vehicle systems including transmissions, hydraulics, electrical systems, brakes, and computer controls. Students will also learn how to properly use technical manuals and tools to perform each job through hands-on training. Courses are taught year-round during the day.

Students who complete the Diesel Mechanics program at Shelton State Community College will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level job as an apprentice line mechanic, apprentice brake and suspension mechanic, or apprentice hydraulics mechanic.

The Diesel Mechanics Long-Term Certificate Program

The Diesel Mechanics Long-Term Certificate Program contains the following technical classes:

  • Basic Engines 
  • Equipment Safety/Mechanical Fundamentals 
  • Bearings and Lubricants 
  • Heavy Vehicle Brakes 
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics 
  • Electronic Engine Systems 
  • Heavy Vehicle Drive Trains 
  • Advanced Engine Analysis 
  • Fuel Systems 
  • Electrical/Electronic Fundamentals 
  • Heavy Vehicle Steering and Suspension 

Recommended Electives

  • Diesel Powered Auxiliary Equipment 
  • Fluid Power Components 
  • Track Vehicle Drive Trains 
  • Diesel and Gas Tune-Up 
  • Industrial and Agricultural Equipment 
  • Computer Applications for Diesel Mechanics 
  • Computer Controlled Engine and Power Train Systems 
  • Heating and A/C Systems
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Safe Operating Practices 
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics II 
  • Heavy Vehicle Drive Trains II 
  • Heavy Vehicle Air Brakes 
  • Special Topics in Diesel Mechanics I
  • Special Topics in Diesel Mechanics II
  • Special Projects in Commercial Vehicles 
  • Special Projects in Diesel Mechanics 
  • CO-OP Elective

Students must also take Orientation to College, Introductory Technical English I or English Composition I, Fundamentals of Oral Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Introductory Mathematics I or Intermediate College Algebra or Mathematical Applications, and Microcomputer Applications in order to meet the 55 credit hour requirements of the Long-Term Certificate program. Students must complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Mechanics Short-Term Certificate Program

The Diesel Mechanics Short-Term Certificate Program contains the following technical courses:

  • Basic Engines 
  • Equipment Safety/Mechanical Fundamentals 
  • Bearings and Lubricants 
  • Heavy Vehicle Brakes 
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics 
  • Electronic Engine Systems 
  • Heavy Vehicle Drive Trains 
  • Advanced Engine Analysis 
  • Fuel Systems 

To be eligible to graduate, students are required complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Two-Year Undergraduate and Short-Term Certificates

Shelton State Community College offers a two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Mechanics. Shelton State Community College also offers a Short-Term Certificate in Diesel Mechanics. The two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Mechanics is Pell Grant eligible.

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