West Georgia Technical College

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Heavy Diesel Service  

The Heavy Diesel Service program at West Georgia 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 be trained in the theory, diagnosis, and repair of the various components of the diesel engine as they strengthen their mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Students will participate in a range of career-specific classes including Shop Safety, Shop Equipment, Diesel Engines, Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems, Diesel Truck and Heavy Equipment HVAC Systems, Diesel Fuel Systems, Preventive Maintenance, Diesel Power Trains, Heavy Equipment Hydraulics, and Off-Road Drivelines.

Students will be taught how to read, interpret, and comprehend technical service manuals as well as 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
  • 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 meet the minimum 47 credit 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
  • 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.

Occupational Outlook

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 Heavy Diesel Service program at West Georgia Technical College can expect to secure an entry-level position as a diesel service technician in either the truck service and repair or heavy equipment service and repair job field.

The Heavy Diesel Service Diploma and Professional Certificate

West Georgia Technical College offers a 60-week Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma. West Georgia Technical College also offers a 30-week Professional Certificate in Heavy Diesel Service with a Heavy Diesel Service Technician specialization. Both programs are 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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