Oconee Fall Line Technical College

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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College is designed to prepare students for a successful career in the diesel equipment service and repair industry.

Through specialized classroom instruction and job-specific hands-on training, students will gain the academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills that are absolutely essential to successfully service, maintain, and repair today’s modern diesel-powered equipment. Career-specific courses include 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, and Off-Road Drivelines.

Students will be taught how to safely and successfully diagnose, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain today’s diesel engines and equipment using modern computer diagnostic machines, hand tools, and power tools. 

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
  • Heavy Equipment Hydraulics
  • Off Road Drivelines

Students are also required to take Introduction to Computers, 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 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
  • Heavy Equipment Hydraulics
  • Off Road Drivelines
  • Diesel Truck and Heavy Equipment HVAC Systems or
  • Diesel Equipment Technology Internship

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 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.

Admission Requirements for the Diesel Equipment Technology Program

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

  • Be at least 16 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school.
  • Submit a completed application and pay the application fee.
  • Submit an official high school transcript or GED transcript.
  • Submit official college transcripts if applicant is transferring credits from another college.
  • Meet the assessment requirements by successfully passing the ASSET or Compass placement test.
  • Submit official SAT, CPE, or ACT scores as substitution for the assessment tests.

From College to Career

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.

Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College can expect to secure an entry-level position in both the truck service and repair or heavy equipment service and repair industries.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma and Undergraduate Certificate

Oconee Fall Line Technical College offers a 55-week Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma. Oconee Fall Line Technical College also offers an 8-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology with a Heavy Diesel Service Technician specialization, as well as an 8-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology with a Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician specialization. Oconee Fall Line Technical College also offers a 4-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology with a Diesel Engine Service Technician specialization, as well as a 4-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology with a Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician specialization. The 55-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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