Central Oregon Community College

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Clean Energy Diesel Technician  

The Clean Energy Diesel Technician program at Central Oregon Community College is designed to train students to be the key troubleshooter in recognizing, analyzing, and neutralizing, a vehicle’s operational problems. 

Through classroom lectures and written assignments, students are taught the operational principles and theory of Hydraulically actuated Electronically controlled Unit Injection, also known as HEUI systems, Electronic Unit Injection (EUI) systems, and Common Rail (CR) systems, as they are applied to Diesel Engine Performance. 

In the laboratory, students are carefully guided by their instructors, gaining valuable hands-on experience, as they learn how to identify and repair everything from powertrain malfunctions to ignition system failures and other engine-related problems, using state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic machines, gauges, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, electronic meters, power tools, and hand tools. Each student is taught the best way to fix the problem according to the client’s needs. 

By working both independently, and in teams, disassembling, inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing, and reassembling various diesel engines and their integrated system components, students gain a basic understanding of the value of teamwork and effective time management, working to complete each assignment in a proficient and speedy manner. Strong communication skills, ethics, and how to interact with customers on a professional level are also discussed and practiced throughout the program.

The Clean Energy Diesel Technician Course

The curriculum of the Clean Energy Diesel Technician program is made up of the following career-specific classes:

  • Basic Electricity for Automotive
  • Automotive Electric I
  • Automotive Electric II
  • Automotive Electric III
  • Diesel Performance I
  • Automotive Program Orientation
  • Mechanical Systems I
  • Mechanical Systems II
  • Small Gas Engines
  • Computerized Engine Controls
  • Engine Performance I
  • Engine Performance II
  • Diesel Performance II

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

From Education to Occupation

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.

Students who successfully complete the Clean Energy Diesel Technician program at Central Oregon Community College will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment as clean energy diesel technicians in today’s clean diesel service and repair job field.

The Undergraduate Certificate

Central Oregon Community College offers an 8-month Clean Energy Diesel Technician Undergraduate Certificate. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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