Massasoit Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Massasoit Community College is designed to educate and train students to becoming qualified diesel technicians who can overhaul, repair, and maintain diesel engines and support systems.

Students learn diesel theory in the classroom and develop their technical and mechanical skills in the lab as they inspect, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines and system components using up-to-date computerized diagnostic equipment, specialized hand tools, and shop manuals. 

Throughout the course of the program, students will have an opportunity to earn four Cummins Engine Company certificates and four Cummins Power Generation certificates.

The Diesel Technology Course Outline

Students will acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills through the following classes:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Electronic Engine Diagnostics
  • Truck Components I
  • Truck Components II
  • Compressed Natural Gas Engines
  • Engine Principles I
  • Engine Machining
  • Fundamentals of Standby Power
  • Fuel Systems
  • Governing & Computer Control Systems
  • Multi-Cylinder Overhaul
  • Diesel Internship

Each student is also required to take English Composition I, English Composition II, Math, Physics I, Physics II, American History, Environmental Health and Safety, and one General Elective class in order to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. In order to graduate, students must complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Employment as a Diesel Mechanic

Students who successfully finish the Diesel Technology program at Massasoit Community College will have the practical knowledge and specialized skills required to gain employment as an entry-level diesel mechanic in the diesel technology field.

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 Massachusetts was $50,760 yearly and $24.41 hourly, 12% higher than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate in Applied Science Degree

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

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