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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Atlanta Technical College is designed to prepare students for a successful career in the diesel equipment services and repair job field. The Diesel Equipment Technology program focuses on various areas of the diesel industry including truck, heavy equipment, marine systems, and emergency power generator repair, as well as specialized areas chosen by the student.

Students learn diesel theory in the classroom and gain valuable hands-on training in diesel engines, diesel electrical and electronic systems, truck brake systems, truck drive trains, truck steering and suspension, preventive maintenance, and diesel truck and heavy equipment heating, ventilation, and air condition systems.

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
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Truck Brake Systems
  • Truck Drivetrains

Students are also required to take Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development, Fundamentals of English I, and Foundations of Mathematics in order to fulfill the 50 credit hour requirements of the Diploma 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 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

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 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 must complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Entrance Requirements for the Diesel Equipment Technology Program

All applicants who wish to be accepted into the Diesel Equipment Technology program must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Applicants must have completed high school or received their GED.
  • Applicants must submit their official transcript.
  • Applicants must achieve the minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • Transfer eligibility of all college credits will be determined by the registrar.
  • All students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and complete all required courses in order to graduate.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Atlanta Technical College will be awarded a diploma in Diesel Equipment Technology that certifies that they possess the knowledge, skills, and training needed to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel equipment technician in the diesel truck and heavy equipment industry.

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.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma and Technical Certificate

Athens Technical College offers a 58-week Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma with a Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician concentration. Athens Technical College also offers several Technical Certificates in Diesel Equipment Technology with a Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technician specialization, Diesel Engine Service Technician specialization, and Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician specialization. The 58-week Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma program, the 32-week Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technician program, and the 8-month Diesel Engine Service Technician 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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