Oklahoma City Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program offered at Oklahoma City Community College 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 diesel trucks and equipment.

In the classroom, students learn diesel theory and the fundamentals of the diesel engine. Each student will develop critical thinking, writing, and mathematical skills, through class lectures and written assignments.

In the laboratory, students acquire the hands-on training needed to properly inspect, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines, medium/heavy equipment and truck drive trains, medium/heavy equipment and truck brakes, medium/heavy equipment and truck suspension and steering, electrical systems, electronic systems, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Students will also gain hands-on experience in proper preventive maintenance and inspection techniques.

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

Effective communication skills, shop safety awareness, and a positive workplace attitude are also stressed throughout the program. Students are 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. Thanks to the diesel internship, students have the opportunity to develop vital job skills working with local businesses before they graduate.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree program is comprised of the following career-focused courses:

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Introduction to Diesel Technology
  • Diesel Engines I & II
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronics I & II
  • Medium/Heavy Equipment & Truck Brakes
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Medium/Heavy Truck & Equipment Suspension & Steering
  • Medium/Heavy Equipment & Truck Drive Trains
  • Diesel Internship & Professional Development

Students are required to take Success in College and Life, English Composition I, American Federal Government, Introduction to Computers and Applications, U.S. History to the Civil War or U.S. History Since the Civil War, any 1000 Level Math Course, two General Education Electives, and one OSRHE Approved General Education Communication Course, which can be either ENGL 123, ENGL 1233, COM1123, or COM2213, in order to meet the 63 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. To be eligible to graduate, students are required to successfully complete each course and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Mastery

The Diesel Technology Certificate of Mastery program consists of the following industry-relevant classes:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology
  • Diesel Engines I
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronics I
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Diesel Engines II
  • Diesel Electrical/Electronics II
  • Medium/Heavy Equipment and Truck Brakes

Students are required to complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

College and Beyond 

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Oklahoma City 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 and equipment service and repair industry. Occupational opportunities include, but are not limited to, the truck transportation industry, automotive repair and maintenance facilities, the construction industry, the manufacturing industry, automotive leasing, and retail and wholesale trade.

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 Oklahoma was $40,550 yearly and $19.49 hourly, just 11% lower than the national average.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Mastery

Oklahoma City Community College offers a 92-week Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a Medium & Heavy Truck Technician concentration. Oklahoma Technical College also offers a 51-week Certificate of Mastery in Diesel Technology with a concentration in Automotive Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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