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Diesel Technology*  

The Diesel Technology program at Owens Community College is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meets the standards set forth by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The Diesel Technology program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose, service, and repair diesel engines, diesel-powered equipment, and equipment mobilized or operated by diesel and gasoline-powered engines. Students will learn how to diagnose and repair the various diesel engine components found in today’s medium and heavy-duty trucks and equipment.

Students receive lectures on such topics as hydraulic theory and the fundamentals of the diesel engine system in the classroom, while they obtain valuable hands-on training in the laboratory, diagnosing and repairing computer-controlled diesel engines, truck brake systems, hydraulic systems, transmission and torque converters, drivelines, automatic transmissions and transaxle, manual transmissions and transaxle, diesel electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, and air conditioning systems. Students will also learn preventive maintenance and service and gain valuable insight into the processes of welding .

Each student will learn on the most current diagnostic equipment as they diagnose and repair the computerized auxiliary systems found on today’s diesel engines. Specialized measuring devices, shop manuals, power tools, and hand tools will also be used throughout the program.

Students will learn the value of strong communication and leadership skills as they work both independently, and as a team, disassembling, inspecting, testing, repairing, and reassembling the diesel engines found on today’s medium and heavy-duty trucks and equipment. Students will also develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and learn the importance of time management as they work to successfully complete every task assigned to them by their instructors.

The Diesel Technology Curriculum

The Diesel Technology program is made up of the following industry-relevant classes:

  • Hydraulic Theory & Operation
  • Preventive Maintenance & Service
  • Fundamentals of Engines
  • Shop Truck Operation
  • Truck Brake Systems
  • Drive Lines
  • Vehicle Electronics
  • Truck Suspension/Steering/Chassis
  • Intro to the Welding Processes
  • Vehicle Electrical Systems
  • Transmission & Torque Converters
  • Industrial Physics – Mechanics
  • Industrial/Organization Psychology
  • Principles of Management
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Diesel Engine Performance – Analyze & Tune
  • Computer Controlled Diesel Engines
  • Industrial Physics-Ht Li Sound

Students are also required to take Fundamentals of Computing, Applied Algebra, Composition I, Composition II, Applied Geometry/Trig, Public Speaking, and two Major Electives, in order to meet the 67 credit requirements of the Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students must finish each course and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

What to Expect After College

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology program at Owens Community College will not only be ready to take the ASE certification exams, they will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment as qualified diesel mechanics. Career opportunities include being a part of the operations, maintenance, service, testing, diagnosis and development of medium and heavy-duty trucks and equipment utilized in today’s diesel and transportation industries.

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.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

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

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

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