South Louisiana Community College

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Diesel Powered Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at South Louisiana Community College is designed to prepare students for a successful career in the diesel equipment service and repair industry.

Through specialized classroom instruction and job-specific hands-on training, students will be trained in the theory, diagnosis, and repair of the various components of the diesel powered engine as they increase their technical knowledge and advance their mechanical aptitude.

Students will be taught how to read, interpret, and comprehend technical service manuals as well as how to safely and successfully diagnose, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain today’s diesel powered engines and equipment using modern computer diagnostic machines, hand tools, and power tools. Working both independently and in teams, students will develop valuable communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills.

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Curriculum

The curriculum of the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program is made up of the following career-relevant courses

  • Safety Skills & Basic Shop & Mechanical Skills
  • Diesel Engine Parts Identification and Operating Principles
  • Advanced Diesel Engines & Fuel Systems
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Diesel Electrical Systems & Vehicle Electrical Components
  • Introduction to Diesel Equipment Power Trains
  • Truck Brake Systems
  • Diesel Truck Steering & Suspension
  • Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning
  • Diesel Preventive Maintenance

Students must complete each course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

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.

Graduates of the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program at South Louisiana Community College can expect to secure an entry-level position as a diesel mechanic in today’s rapidly changing diesel powered equipment technology field.

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma and Technical Studies Certificate

South Louisiana Community College offers an 18-month Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Diploma, as well as a one-year Diesel Engine Technician Technical Studies Certificate. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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