Chattahoochee Technical College
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Diesel Equipment Technology
The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Chattahoochee Technical College is designed to prepare students for a successful career in the rapidly changing diesel equipment industry.
Through specialized classroom instruction and job-specific hands-on training, students will gain the advanced diagnostic, troubleshooting, maintenance, and problem-solving skills that are absolutely essential to successfully service, maintain, and repair today’s modern diesel-powered equipment.
Classes cover career-specific topics such as diesel technology tools and safety, diesel engines, diesel electrical and electronic systems, diesel truck and heavy equipment HVAC systems, preventive maintenance, truck steering and suspension, truck brake systems, truck drivetrains, heavy equipment hydraulics, off-road drivelines, and diesel power generation.
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 Information Literacy and Communication Skills for the Workplace, Basic Psychology, Fundamentals of English I, and Foundations of Mathematics in order to fulfill the 51 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.
Essential Qualities and Skills
Applicants who wish to successfully enter and complete the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Chattahoochee Technical College should possess the following qualities and skills:
- Possess physical strength, stamina, and agility.
- Comfortable working both indoors and outdoors.
- Skilled at using complex tools and machinery.
- Skilled at using computers and applications.
- Consistently adhere to strict safety guidelines and procedures.
Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Chattahoochee Technical College can expect to secure an entry-level position in both the private and public sectors of the diesel equipment industry including trucking companies, bus lines, fleet owners, construction and heavy equipment companies, retail/wholesale corporations, manufacturing companies, and maintenance facilities.
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 Two-Year Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma
Chattahoochee Technical College offers a two-year Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma. This program is Pell Grant eligible. Certain students may be eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship Award to help supplement the cost of their education.