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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program offered at Clark State Community College’s Dayton location is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of diesel theory and a rigorous hands-on experience of practical skills training. The Diesel Technology program focuses on the diesel engines and system components found in today’s medium and heavy-duty trucks and equipment.

In the classroom, students learn diesel theory as well as the fundamentals of the diesel engine while developing critical thinking, writing, and mathematical skills. In the shop, students acquire the hands-on training needed to properly inspect, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines, heavy truck drive trains and chassis, automatic transmissions, fuel injection systems, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, hydraulic systems, steering and suspension systems, truck braking systems, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Students also gain hands-on experience in basic welding processes and proper preventive maintenance techniques.

By disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling various diesel engines and their integrated auxiliary systems using computerized diagnostic equipment, hand tools, sophisticated instruments, and shop manuals, students will learn hands-on how to properly perform diesel engine overhauls and engine tune-ups.

Effective communication skills, employability skills, and a positive workplace attitude are also be stressed throughout the program. Students will be expected to work both independently and as a team to successfully complete each task assigned to them by their instructors in an efficient and speedy manner. 300 hours of on-the-job training in a co-operative work experience is also included in the Diesel Technology program at Clark State Community College.

The Diesel Technology A.T.S Degree

The Diesel Technology Associate of Technical Studies program consists of the following career-specific courses:

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Heavy Truck Drive Trains
  • Basic Electrical
  • Introduction to Industrial and Engineering Technology
  • Hydraulic Theory and Operation
  • Fundamentals of Engines
  • Truck Steering and Suspension
  • Introduction to Welding Processes
  • Employability Skills
  • Industrial Calculations
  • Truck Brake Systems
  • Co-op/Internship Seminar
  • Co-op Education I
  • Advanced Electrical/Electronics
  • Heavy Truck HVAC
  • Heavy Truck Automatic Transmissions
  • Diesel Engine Performance

Students are also required to take Personal Finance, English I, Computer Concepts and Software Applications, Business Communication, Interpersonal Communication I, Customer Relations, and one Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective, in order to meet the 63 credit requirements of the Associate of Technical Studies Degree program. Some of the general education classes may have to be taken online or at the at the Clark State Community College Greene Center Campus. In order to graduate, students are required to complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Technology Short-Term Technical Certificate

The Diesel Technology Short-Term Technical Certificate program is comprised of the following classes:

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Heavy Truck Drive Trains
  • Basic Electrical
  • Industrial Calculations
  • Hydraulic Theory and Operation
  • Fundamentals of Engines
  • Truck Steering and Suspension
  • Welding
  • Truck Brake Systems

Students are required to complete each class and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, to be eligible to graduate.

Occupational 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 Ohio was $43,610 yearly and $20.97 hourly, just 3% lower than the national average.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Clark State Community College can be confident that they possess the education and training necessary to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic in the medium and heavy-duty truck service and repair industry. 

The Associate of Technical Studies Degree and Departmental Certificate

Clark State Community College offers a two-year Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Diesel Technology as well as a 9-month Short-Term Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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