Community College of Baltimore County

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Diesel and Equipment Maintenance Technology*  

The Diesel and Equipment Maintenance Technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), insuring that students will be taught very industry-specific material.

The Diesel and Equipment Maintenance Technology program equips each student with a foundation in diesel theory and training in the troubleshooting, disassembling, inspection, repair, and reassembling of diesel engines and equipment system components.

Students not only gain technical knowledge in the classroom, they also develop job-ready mechanical skills through hands-on training in the shop, as they diagnose, service, and repair diesel engines, fuel injection systems, on-board computers, transmissions, steering and suspension systems, brake systems, and mobile air conditioning systems, using sophisticated diagnostic machines, technical manuals, and hand tools

The Diesel and Equipment Maintenance Technology Curriculum

Career-specific courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Diesel Engine
  • Electrical/Electronic System Repair I
  • Electrical/Electronic System Repair II
  • Drive Train System Repair
  • Hydraulic System Repair
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Brake System Repair
  • Suspension and Steering Repair
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Management
  • Major Diesel Engine Overhaul
  • Engine Testing and Tune-Up
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Cooperative Education/Internship I
  • Cooperative Education/Internship II

Students must take one college level Reading, English, and Math class in order to fulfill the Associate in Applied Science Degree requirements. Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

Graduation and Beyond

Graduates of the Diesel and Equipment Maintenance Technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County will have the practical knowledge and specialized skills required to gain entry-level employment in the diesel and equipment maintenance technology 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 Maryland was $49,370 yearly and $23.74 hourly, 9% higher than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Community College of Baltimore County offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel and Equipment Maintenance Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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