South Central Louisiana Technical College

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Diesel Powered Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at South Central Louisiana Technical College provides specialized classroom instruction and practical hands-on training to prepare students for employment as entry-level diesel powered equipment technicians.

Students learn about shop safety, proper selection and use of hand tools, power tools, jacks, and hoisting equipment, disassembling engines and parts replacement, understanding technical manuals and wiring diagrams, basic computer skills, diagnosing and repairing differentials, diagnosing and repairing brake systems, understanding hydraulic systems, electrical systems, oil and water pumps, steering and suspension systems, drive trains and chassis, mobile air condition repair, diagnosing diesel fuel systems, and preventive maintenance

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Areas of Study

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program consists of the following industry-specific classes:

  • Diesel Engine Parts Identification & Operating Principles
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fundamentals of Steering
  • Fundamentals of Suspension
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Brakes
  • Engines I
  • Engines II
  • Introduction to Power Trains
  • Transmissions
  • Differentials
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems
  • Diesel Engine Control Systems
  • Basic Diesel Electrical Systems
  • Advanced Diesel Electrical Systems
  • General Engine Diagnostics
  • Diesel Preventive Maintenance
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Safety Skills
  • Job Seeking Skills

Students have the option of exiting out of the program with either a 4-month Technical Competency Area Certificate or an 8-month Certificate of Technical Studies if they feel that the 18-month Technical Diploma program is not for them. In order to graduate, students must complete each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Job 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 Louisiana was $42,910 yearly and $20.63 hourly, just 5% lower than the national average.

Students who finish the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at South Central Louisiana Technical College will be fully equipped with the education, skills, and training necessary to succeed as a qualified diesel mechanic in today’s diesel powered equipment technology industry.

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma, Technical Studies Certificate, and Technical Competency Area Certificate

South Central Louisiana Technical College offers an 18-month Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma. South Central Louisiana Technical College also offers an 8-month Certificate of Technical Studies in Diesel Powered Equipment Technology with an emphasis in Diesel Engine Technician, as well as five 4-month Technical Competency Area Certificates each specializing in a different area of Diesel Powered Equipment Technology. The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma program and the Certificate of Technical Studies program are both Pell Grant eligible. 

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