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Diesel Service Technology*

The Diesel Service Technology program at Baker College is not only designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and mechanical training needed to succeed as a diesel mechanic in today’s fast growing diesel industry, it is also certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), ensuring students that they will receive industry training of the highest standards. If that wasn’t enough, Baker College is also a Michigan CAT preferred college.

Students are educated in the fundamentals of diesel theory in the classroom and acquire hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs using the most modern diagnostic equipment and repair technologies in the industry.

The auto/diesel curriculum is designed by an Advisory Board that is made up of dealerships and service garages that employ qualified service technicians, so students can be sure they are being taught everything they need to know about modern diesel technology.

The Diesel Service Technology Classes

Students will learn the most up-to-date techniques used in the industry today through career-specific courses that include:

  • Diesel Shop Practices
  • Introduction to Diesel Electrical
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems I
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems II
  • Diesel Engine Repair
  • Introduction to Diesel Maintenance and Repair
  • Heavy Duty Brake Service
  • Heavy Duty Suspension/Steering
  • Heavy Duty Heating/Air Conditioning
  • Auxiliary Systems
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains
  • Diesel Engine Performance
  • Heavy Duty Bus/Truck Maintenance
  • Hydraulics

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

Job Outlook

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Service Technology program at Baker College will be ready to secure and hold an advanced entry-level position as a diesel mechanic in the diesel service 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 Michigan was $43,150 yearly and $20.75 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Baker College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Service Technology. Baker College also offers a 15-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Service Technology. Both programs are 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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