Hazard Community & Technical College

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Diesel Technology  

Students who participate in the Diesel Technology program at Hazard Community & Technical College will learn how to analyze malfunctions and repair, rebuild, and service agriculture equipment, construction equipment, and medium and heavy duty diesel trucks.

Students gain a basic understanding of diesel theory in the classroom and advance their mechanical and technical skills in the laboratory as they acquire valuable hands-on experience overhauling, troubleshooting, and repairing diesel engines, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, heavy duty brakes, diesel equipment undercarriage, mobile air conditioning systems, hydraulic systems, heavy duty drive trains, and steering and suspension systems.

Each student will also learn about proper preventive maintenance and how to diagnose, test, and repair the on-board electronics found on modern diesel engines using sophisticated computerized diagnostic equipment, technical manuals, and hand tools.

Students who successfully finish the Diesel Technology program at Hazard Community & Technical College will be highly qualified and well-trained to secure and hold an entry-level position as a diesel mechanic repairing and servicing today’s agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and medium and heavy duty trucks.

The Construction Equipment Technician Diploma

The Construction Equipment Technician Diploma program is made up of the following technical classes:

  • Computer/Digital Literacy course or
  • Demonstrated Competency
  • Climate Control
  • Climate Control Lab
  • Basic Electricity for Non-Majors and
  • Basic Electricity Lab for Non-Majors or 
  • Basic Automotive Electricity and
  • Basic Automotive Electricity Lab or
  • Circuits I
  • Preventive Maintenance Lab
  • Introduction to Diesel Engines and
  • Introduction to Diesel Engines Lab or
  • Engine Repair and
  • Engine Repair Lab
  • Diesel Engine Repair
  • Diesel Engine Repair Lab
  • Power Trains
  • Power Trains Lab
  • Powertrain for Construction Equipment
  • Powertrain for Construction Equipment Lab
  • Introduction to Maintenance Welding Lab or
  • Welding for Maintenance and 
  • Welding for Maintenance Lab or
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding and
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Lab
  • Undercarriage Lab
  • Hydraulics and
  • Hydraulics Lab or
  • Fluid Power and
  • Fluid Power Lab
  • Electrical Systems for Diesel Equipment and
  • Electrical Systems for Diesel Equipment Lab or
  • Electrical Systems and
  • Electrical Systems Lab

Students must also take Written Communication, either Oral Communication or Humanities/Heritage, Social/Behavioral Science, and either Natural Sciences or Quantitative Reasoning in order to fulfill the 58 credit hour requirements of the Diploma program. 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.

What to Expect After College

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 Kentucky was $40,650 yearly and $19.54 hourly, just 10% lower than the national average.

The Diesel Technology Diploma and Undergraduate Certificate

Hazard Community & Technical College offers an 80-week Diesel Technology Diploma. Hazard Community & Technical College also offers twelve different Undergraduate Certificates with various specializations in Diesel Technology. The Diesel Technology Diploma program, the two 48-week Undergraduate Certificates, and the 32-week Undergraduate Certificate are all Pell Grant eligible. 

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