Blue Mountain Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Blue Mountain Community College is designed to provide students with the specialized knowledge and skills training necessary to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain the diesel engine system. Students acquire comprehensive hands-on training on everything from farm tractors to construction equipment to tractor-trailer rigs.

In the classroom, students are taught about diesel theory and the fundamentals of the diesel engine system, as well as proper customer service protocol. Through lecture, class participation, and written assignments, students will gain a basic understanding of physics, develop strong communication skills, and learn how to recognize, analyze, and neutralize the common problems faced by diesel mechanics in today’s job field.

In the training shop, students learn how to properly inspect, diagnose, and repair, diesel engines and their integrated auxiliary systems, using specialized measuring devices, service manuals, wiring diagrams, power tools, hand tools, and computerized diagnostic equipment. Students gain hands-on experience, as they explore diesel engines, hydraulic systems, heavy duty brakes, manual drive trains, electrical systems, electronic diagnostic and emission controls, heavy duty suspension and steering, and mobile air conditioning and heating. Each student will also acquire valuable hands-on training in proper shop practices, fluid mechanics, advanced engine technologies, and basic gas and arc welding techniques.

Students also learn the value of time management and teamwork, as they work both independently, and in groups, disassembling, inspecting, testing, repairing, and reassembling the diesel engines utilized by today’s farm machinery, construction equipment, and heavy duty diesel trucks. Students also learn about the importance of shop safety and the proper methods for disposing hazardous materials, according to strict OSHA regulations. Ethics, professionalism, integrity, and maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace are also stressed throughout the two-year program.

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree program is made up of the following industry-relevant classes:

  • Heavy Duty Steering & Suspension
  • Shop Practices
  • Electrical Systems I
  • Basic Gas & Arc Welding
  • Manual Drive Trains I
  • Diesel Engine Theory
  • Electrical Systems II
  • Heavy Duty Brakes
  • Manual Drive Trains II
  • Diesel Engine Repair I
  • Electrical Systems III
  • Applied Fluid Mechanics
  • Heavy Duty Brakes II
  • Diesel Engine Repair II
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Electronic Diagnostics & Emission Controls
  • Advanced Engine Technology
  • CWE Diesel
  • Mobile Air-Conditioning & Heating
  • Pre-Employment Seminar
  • Heavy Duty Equipment II
  • CWE Diesel

Students are also required to take Computer Keyboarding, Technical Mathematics, Introduction to Business Computing or Concepts of Computing, Introduction to Technical Writing, Human Communications, and one Human Relations Elective, in order to meet the 93 credit requirements of the Diesel Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree program. Students are required to finish each class and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

What to Expect After College

Successful graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Blue Mountain 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 working in dealerships, fleet shops, and independent 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 Oregon was $46,160 yearly and $22.19 hourly, 2% higher than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate in Applied Science Degree

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

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