Highland Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Highland Community College helps students build the skills needed for the service, repair, and maintenance of today’s complex diesel engines. 

Through a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on training in a live diesel shop, students learn about engine maintenance, engine overhaul, fuel systems, electronics diagnosis and repair, clutch and power train systems, hydraulics, air conditioning systems, brakes and suspension, transmission overhaul, welding, diesel management, and shop safety.

Students work both independently and in teams as they learn how to properly diagnose, service, and repair diesel engine systems using the latest digital diagnostic machines, technical manuals, power tools, and hand tools.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Highland Community College will be well-equipped with the training and skills necessary to secure an entry-level position in the diesel mechanic profession.

The Diesel Technology Course Sequence

The Diesel Technology program consists of the following courses:

First Semester

  • Shop Safety I
  • Fundamentals/Operating Principles
  • Engine Maintenance
  • Engine Overhaul
  • Welding and Fabrication Lab

Second Semester

  • Fuel System Diagnosis/Repair
  • Intro to Electronic Diagnosis & Repair
  • Intro to Clutch & Power Train
  • Introduction to Hydraulics

Third Semester

  • Shop Safety II
  • Advanced Engine Overhaul
  • Advanced Electronic Diagnosis/Repair
  • Hydraulic Diagnosis/Repair

Fourth Semester

  • Electronic-Computer Diagnosis/Repair
  • Air Conditioning Diagnosis/Repair
  • Brakes & Suspension Diagnosis/Repair
  • Diesel Management
  • Transmission Overhaul/Diagnosis
  • Advanced Clutch & Power Train


  • Occupational Work Experience

In order to graduate, students must complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

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 Kansas was $43,490 yearly and $20.91 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Highland Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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