College of Alameda

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Diesel and Truck Mechanics  

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics program at the College of Alameda provides comprehensive knowledge and skills for students of all experience levels who desire to learn how to troubleshoot and repair mechanical systems, electronic systems, and electrical systems found in today’s diesel engines and trucks. 

Through classroom instruction and hands-on training, students will learn how to use computers to research information and diagnose equipment. Students will also learn how to properly operate shop equipment, machinery, and precision hand tools used to repair and maintain mechanical and electronic systems. Students will be given a required tools list at the beginning of class and will be responsible for providing their own set of tools.

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Associate in Science Degree Program

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Associate in Science Degree Program consists of the following career-specific courses:

  • Truck Mechanics Chassis Systems I 
  • Truck Mechanics I 
  • Truck Mechanics Chassis Systems II 
  • Truck Mechanics II 
  • Service Welding for Transportation Technology 
  • Diesel Engines I 
  • Diesel Engines Lecture/Laboratory 
  • Automotive Air Conditioning 
  • Diesel Engines II 
  • Diesel Engines Lecture/Laboratory

Students are also required to fulfill the General Education requirements as part of the Associate in Science Degree program criteria. In order to graduate, students are required to complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Certificate of Achievement Program

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Certificate of Achievement program contains the following industry-relevant classes:

  • Truck Mechanics Chassis Systems I 
  • Truck Mechanics I 
  • Truck Mechanics Chassis Systems II 
  • Truck Mechanics II 
  • Service Welding for Transportation Technology 
  • Diesel Engines I 
  • Diesel Engines Lecture/Laboratory 
  • Automotive Air Conditioning 
  • Diesel Engines II 
  • Diesel Engines Lecture/Laboratory

Students are not required to take any General Education classes in order to obtain the Certificate of Achievement. Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

What to Expect After Graduation

Students who successfully complete the Diesel and Truck Mechanics Technology program at the College of Alameda will have the education and training needed to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic at commercial trucking companies, construction companies, mining companies, logging companies, farms, ranches, and independent service garages.

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of California was $50,570 yearly and $24.31 hourly, 12% higher than the national average.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement

The College of Alameda offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel and Truck Mechanics. The College of Alameda also offers a 68-week Certificate of Achievement in Diesel and Truck Mechanics. Both the Associate in Applied Science Degree program and the Certificate of Achievement program are Pell Grant eligible. Some students may qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver to help pay for their education.

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