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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Athens Technical College provides specialized training, knowledge, and skills for students who desire to enter the medium/heavy duty diesel or construction equipment service and repair field.

Classroom instruction and hands-on training that conforms to Automotive Service Excellence industry standards provides each student with the opportunity to build career-specific skills in specialized areas of the diesel service and repair industry.

Students will learn how to properly diagnose, repair, and maintain medium/heavy duty diesel trucks and equipment such as semi-trucks, diesel trucks, construction equipment, and more. 

The Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma Program

The Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma program is made up of the following core classes:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety
  • Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Diesel Engines
  • Diesel Truck and Heavy Equipment HVAC Systems
  • Diesel Equipment Technology Internship
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Truck Brake Systems
  • Truck Drivetrains

Students must also take Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development, Fundamentals of English I, and Foundations of Mathematics in order to fulfill the 54 credit hour requirements of the Diploma 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 Heavy Diesel Service Technician Certificate

The Heavy Diesel Service Technician Certificate program contains the following classes:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety
  • Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems  
  • Diesel Engines
  • Diesel Truck and Heavy Equipment HVAC Systems or
  • Diesel Equipment Technology Internship
  • Heavy Equipment Hydraulics
  • Off Road Drivelines
  • First

In order to graduate, students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician Certificate

The Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician Certificate program is made up the following courses:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety
  • Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems  
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Truck Brake Systems
  • Truck Drivetrains
  • First

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 Diesel Engine Service Technician Certificate

The Diesel Engine Service Technician Certificate program consists of the following classes:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety
  • Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Diesel Engines

Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician Certificate

The Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician program contains the following courses:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety
  • Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems 

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.

Employment Opportunities

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 Georgia was $43,170 yearly and $20.75 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

Students who successfully finish the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Athens Technical College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel technician in today’s fast-paced truck and diesel industry.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma and Undergraduate Certificate

Athens Technical College offers a 72-week Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma. Athens Technical College also offers several Undergraduate Certificates in Diesel Equipment Technology with specializations in various areas of the Diesel Equipment Technology such as Heavy Diesel Service Technician, Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician, Diesel Engine Service Technician, and Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician. The 72-week Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma program, the 8-month Heavy Diesel Service Technician Undergraduate Certificate program, and the 8-month Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician Undergraduate Certificate program are all Pell Grant eligible. Certain students may be eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship Award to help supplement the cost of their education.

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