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Diesel and Heavy Equipment  

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment program at Santa Ana College provides students with the training, knowledge, and skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair mechanical problems associated with all components of diesel-powered heavy duty trucks and equipment. 

Specialized lecture and laboratory activities give students knowledge and hands-on training in heavy-duty diesel engines, power train units, brake systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronic systems, fuel injection systems. In addition, students of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program at Santa Ana College will learn to develop arc and oxyacetylene welding skills. Students will learn how to properly use the manuals, machinery, computers, and tools necessary to successfully and safely complete each task.

Students who complete the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program at Santa Ana College will be equipped to enter the ever-expanding medium and heavy duty transportation industry as an apprentice or helper diesel mechanic.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree Program

The course outline for the The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree program contains the following core classes:

  • Oxyacetylene-Arc Welding 
  • Chassis Overhaul 
  • Diesel and Heavy Duty Vehicle Engine Overhaul 
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems Service 
  • Diesel Electrical Systems

Students must also choose three units from the following course electives:

  • Bendix Air Brake System Service (1.5)
  • Allison Transmission Service (5)
  • Introduction to Heavy Duty Mobile Hydraulics (4)
  • Electronics Fundamentals (5)
  • Electrical Systems (5)
  • Transport Refrigeration (8)
  • Marine Container Refrigeration (4)
  • Transit Vehicle Engines (0.8)
  • Paratransit Driver Training (1)
  • Bus Driver Training (2.3)
  • Introduction to Coach Operations (0.3)
  • Transit Vehicle Electrical Systems (0.2)
  • Transit Vehicle Air Systems (0.2))
  • Transit Vehicle Automatic Transmissions (0.5
  • Engine Repair (4.5)
  • Transit Vehicle Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (0.5)
  • Transit Vehicle Drive Train Suspension (0.4)
  • Transit Vehicle Wheelchair Lifts (0.2)
  • Transit Vehicle Air Brake Systems (0.3)
  • Foundations of Mobile Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (5)
  • Air Conditioning & Heating (3)

In addition, students are required to take a variety of general education classes in order to fulfill the 60 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Mid-Range Engine Service Option A.A.S. Degree

The curriculum of the Mid-Range Engine Service Option A.A.S. Degree program is made up of the following core classes:

  • Oxyacetylene-Arc Welding 
  • Mid-Range Diesel Engine Service 
  • Diesel and Heavy Duty Vehicle Engine Overhaul 
  • Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Electives

In addition, students are required to take a variety of general education classes in order to fulfill the 23.5 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. 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.

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Undergraduate Certificate program consists of the following courses:

  • Oxyacetylene-Arc Welding
  • Chassis Overhaul
  • Diesel and Heavy Duty Vehicle Engine Overhaul
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems Service
  • Diesel Electrical Systems

Students are not required to take any general education classes in order to meet the 36.5 credit requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate program. However, students are required to complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Mid-Range Engine Service Option Certificate

The curriculum of the Mid-Range Engine Service Option Certificate program contains the following classes:

  • Oxyacetylene-Arc Welding 
  • Mid-Range Diesel Engine Service 
  • Diesel and Heavy Duty Vehicle Engine Overhaul 
  • Diesel Electrical Systems 

Students are not required to take any general education classes in order to fulfill the 23.5 credit requirements of the Option Certificate. However, 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.

The Transport Refrigeration/Temperature Control Option Certificate

The curriculum of the Transport Refrigeration/Temperature Control Option Certificate program consists of the following courses:

  • Mid-Range Diesel Engine Service
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems Service 
  • Diesel Electrical Systems 
  • Transport Refrigeration 
  • Foundations of Mobile Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Students are not required to take any general education classes in order to meet the 22.5 credit requirements of the Option Certificate. However, 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.

From Graduation to Occupation

Students who successfully graduate from the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program offered at Santa Ana College will have the education and training needed to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic in the commercial trucking industry, construction industry, mining industry, logging industry, rail shipping industry, oceanic freight shipping industry, on farms, ranches, and at independent repair shops.

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 Undergraduate Certificate

Santa Ana College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology and a one-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mid-Range Diesel Engine Service. Santa Ana College also offers an 18-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology, a one-year Option Certificate Mid-Range Diesel Engine Service, and a two-year Option Certificate in Transport Refrigeration/Temperature Control. All five programs are Pell Grant eligible. Certain students may qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver to help pay for their education.

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