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Diesel Mechanics  

The Diesel Mechanics program at Hawaii Community College provides students with the desire to gain employment as an entry-level diesel mechanic with the required knowledge, skills, and training to successfully diagnose, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair various types of diesel engines, trucks, farm equipment, boats, and other heavy equipment.

Students learn diesel theory in the classroom and acquire valuable hands-on training in the laboratory as they learn how to properly diagnose, service, and repair heavy-duty diesel engines and equipment.

Students learn how to work both independently, and as a team, as they use computerized diagnostic systems, hand tools, power tools, and sophisticated machinery to properly diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines, diesel engine systems, and diesel equipment.

The Diesel Mechanics A.A.S. Degree Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Mechanics A.A.S. Degree program consists of the following core courses:

  • Introduction to Diesel Engines 
  • Introduction to Electrical Systems 
  • Introduction to Fuel Systems 
  • Introduction to Power Trains 
  • Heavy Duty Brakes, Steering, Suspension 
  • Hydraulic and Hydrostatic Systems 
  • CVE (optional)

Students are also required to take Composition I, Survey of Math or higher (not Math 120), and two Cultural Environment, Natural Environment, or Social Environment Electives in order to meet the 63 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. To be eligible for graduation, students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, 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 Hawaii was $55,340 yearly and $26.60 hourly, 23% higher than the national average!

Graduates of the Diesel Mechanics program at Hawaii Community College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel mechanic in today’s rapidly growing truck and diesel industry.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement

Hawaii Community College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Mechanics. Hawaii Community College also offers a 45-week Certificate of Achievement in Diesel Mechanics. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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