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Diesel Mechanics Technology  

The Diesel Mechanics Technology program at Honolulu Community College provides students with the knowledge and training necessary to succeed in the diesel equipment service and repair profession.

Specialized classroom instruction and job-simulated hands-on training allow each student to develop the academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required to secure and hold an entry-level position in the diesel industry.

Students gain valuable knowledge and training in various areas of diesel equipment technology including diesel engines, air brakes, hydraulic brakes, suspension and steering, electrical systems, electronic systems, hydraulics, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, drive train, chassis components, and preventive maintenance.

Using computerized diagnostic systems and hand tools, each student learns how to properly and safely diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines, diesel engine systems, and diesel equipment both as a team and individually.

The Diesel Mechanics Technology A.A.S. Degree Program

The curriculum of the Diesel Mechanics Technology A.A.S. Degree program is made up of the following classes:

  • Technical Practices 
  • Operator Orientation 
  • R&R Components 
  • Preventative Maintenance 
  • Welding for Trades and Industry 
  • Suspension and Steering 
  • Brakes – Air and Hydraulic 
  • Hydraulics 
  • Diesel Engines 
  • Drive Train 
  • Fundamentals of Physics for Electronics and Lab
  • Electrical/ Electronic Systems 
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 
  • Cooperative Education

Students are also required to take Technical Math II, Expository Writing, Survey of Physics, either Survey of Physics Lab or Fundamentals of Physics for Electronics and Lab, and two General Education Electives in order to fulfill the 63 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, to be eligible for graduation.

The Diesel Mechanics Technology Certificate of Achievement

The Diesel Mechanics Technology Certificate of Achievement program consists of the following classes:

  • Technical Practices 
  • Operator Orientation 
  • R&R Components 
  • Preventative Maintenance 
  • Welding for Trades and Industry 
  • Suspension and Steering 
  • Brakes – Air and Hydraulic 
  • Hydraulics 
  • Cooperative Education

Students are also required to take Technical Math II and Expository Writing in order to meet the 27 credit hour requirements of the Certificate of Achievement program. In order to graduate, students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Technical Standards

Students interested in enrolling into the Diesel Mechanics Technology program should possess above-average:

  • Thinking Skills
  • Sensory Skills
  • Observation Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Behavioral Skills
  • Environmental Tolerance

Students will be expected to exercise each of these skills during the length of the program.

From College to Career

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Mechanics Technology program at Honolulu Community College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and professional training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel mechanic in today’s rapidly growing diesel truck and heavy duty 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 Hawaii was $55,340 yearly and $26.60 hourly, 23% higher than the national average!

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement

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

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