Central New Mexico Community College

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Diesel Equipment Technology

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Central New Mexico Community College prepares students for a successful career in medium and heavy duty truck and equipment repair.

Students learn diesel equipment theory in the classroom and obtain extensive hands-on training in the lab, using the latest diagnostic equipment and current industry techniques, as they test, service, and repair diesel electrical systems, electronic systems, diesel brake systems, steering and suspension systems, heating and air conditioning, drive trains, clutches, manual shift and automatic transmissions, and hydraulic systems. 

By performing tune-ups and overhauls, each student will learn how to properly test, diagnose, and repair diesel engines and their system components. Students will also learn and develop occupational skills in diesel mechanic welding and preventive maintenance.

Students strengthen their problem-solving, technical, and mechanical skills as they complete every task assigned to them by their instructors. Each student will also learn effective communication and leaderships skills while ensuring that shop safety, ethics, and a positive workplace attitude are maintained throughout the program. 

The Transportation Technology A.A.S. Degree with D.E.T. Concentration

The Transportation Technology A.A.S. Degree with Diesel Equipment Technology Concentration program includes the following career-focused classes:

Term 1

  • Diesel Equipment Theory
  • Introduction to Diesel Equipment Lab
  • M/HD Brake Systems Theory
  • M/HD Brake Systems Lab
  • M/HD Suspension and Steering Theory
  • M/HD Suspension and Steering Lab
  • Diesel Equipment Electrical Systems Theory
  • Diesel Equipment Electrical Systems Lab
  • Fixed Power Systems Theory
  • Fixed Power Systems Lab

Term 2

  • M/HD Engine Repair Theory
  • M/HD Engine Repair Lab
  • M/HD Automatic Transmission Theory
  • M/HD Automatic Transmission Lab
  • Hydraulics Theory
  • Hydraulics Lab
  • M/HD Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Theory
  • M/HD Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Lab
  • M/HD Electronic Systems Theory
  • M/HD Electronic Systems Lab
  • Diesel Power and the Environment

Term 3

  • Preventive Maintenance Theory
  • Preventive Maintenance Lab
  • Diesel Engine Performance Theory
  • Diesel Engine Performance Lab
  • Manual Shift Transmissions and Drivelines Theory
  • Manual Shift Transmissions and Drivelines Lab
  • Automated Manual Transmissions and Clutches Theory
  • Automated Manual Transmissions and Clutches Lab
  • Diesel Equipment Internship

Term 4

  • Class B Theory and Operational Practices
  • Transportation Alternative Fuels
  • Occupational Safety I
  • Welding Fundamentals

Term 5

  • General Education Classes

Students must demonstrate proficiency in English, Math, and Reading by their scores in the placement exams or through specific course work. Students are also required to take a variety of general education classes that include Mathematics, either Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science, College Writing 3, either Survey of Applied Technologies or Special Topics, Transportation Technology Capstone, Interpersonal Communication Studies 3, and Computer Concepts and Software Applications in order to fulfill the 69 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students must finish each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Certificate of Completion

The Diesel Equipment Technology Certificate of Completion program is comprised of the following career-relevant courses:

Term 1

  • Introduction to Diesel Equipment Theory
  • Introduction to Diesel Equipment Lab
  • M/HD Brake Systems Theory
  • M/HD Brake Systems Lab
  • M/HD Suspension and Steering Theory
  • M/HD Suspension and Steering Lab
  • Diesel Equipment Electrical Systems Theory
  • Diesel Equipment Electrical Systems Lab
  • Fixed Power Systems Theory
  • Fixed Power Systems Lab

Term 2

  • M/HD Engine Repair Theory
  • M/HD Engine Repair Lab
  • M/HD Automatic Transmission Theory
  • M/HD Automatic Transmission Lab
  • Hydraulics Theory
  • Hydraulics Lab
  • M/HD Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Theory
  • M/HD Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Lab
  • M/HD Electronic Systems Theory
  • M/HD Electronic Systems Lab
  • Diesel Power and the Environment

Term 3

  • Preventive Maintenance Theory
  • Preventive Maintenance Lab
  • Diesel Engine Performance Theory
  • Diesel Engine Performance Lab
  • Manual Shift Transmissions and Drivelines Theory
  • Manual Shift Transmissions and Drivelines Lab
  • Automated Manual Transmissions and Clutches Theory
  • Automated Manual Transmissions and Clutches Lab
  • Diesel Equipment Internship

Students must demonstrate proficiency in English, Math, and Reading by their scores in the placement exams or through specific course work. Students are required to complete each course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Central New Mexico Community College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to secure employment as an entry-level heavy truck mechanic at fleet companies, truck dealerships, and independent truck repair shops.

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 New Mexico was $42,100 yearly and $20.24 hourly, just 7% lower than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Central New Mexico Community College offers a two-year, five-term Associate of Applied Science Degree in Transportation Technology with a concentration in Diesel Equipment Technology. Central New Mexico Community College also offers a 15-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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