Rogue Community College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Rogue Community College grooms students to become highly qualified diesel mechanics by providing them with the most up-to-date equipment to train on and teaching them the most current diesel service and repair techniques used in the industry today. Students learn from industry experienced, ASE certified instructors. Because of Rogue Community College’s small Diesel Technology class sizes, students receive more one-on-one guidance from the instructor and more hands-on training, leading to a very successful job placement rate.

In the classroom, students learn diesel theory, as well as the dynamics, purpose, and principles of operation of medium and heavy duty trucks and equipment. In-depth lectures, detailed study materials, and written assignments help each student to develop critical writing, math, communication, and problem solving skills every diesel mechanic needs in order to succeed in today’s rapidly changing diesel industry. 

In the training facility, students learn the diesel trade practices currently in use today, obtaining verbal instruction and hands-on training, on how to properly and safely troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair, diesel engines, heavy equipment power trains, heavy equipment brakes, heavy equipment fuel systems, heavy equipment suspension and steering systems, diesel electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, hydraulic systems, and mobile air conditioning systems. Each student will also acquire hands-on training in preventative maintenance inspection, computerized vehicle management systems, and industrial welding technologies.

Students learn all aspects of diesel engine overhaul by disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling various diesel engines and their integrated system components, using digital diagnostic equipment, precision measuring instruments, shop manuals, wiring schematics, electronic volt meters, power tools, and hand tools.

Every student will learn the value of teamwork and time management, working together and independently, to complete every assignment given to them by their instructors in an efficient and timely manner. Shop courtesy, safety, professionalism, and ethics in the workplace are also stressed. 

The Diesel Technology A.A.S. Degree

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

  • Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians I
  • Diesel Trades Practices
  • Diesel Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis
  • Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians II
  • Heavy Equipment Power Trains
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul
  • Heavy Equipment Brakes
  • Diesel Repair Lab I
  • Heavy Equipment Fuel Systems
  • Air Conditioning for Diesel Technicians
  • Heavy Equipment Suspension and Steering Systems
  • Technology of Industrial Welding I (Diesel)
  • Computerized Vehicle Management Systems
  • Cooperative Work Experience Seminar/Diesel
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspection
  • Cooperative Work Experience/Diesel or
  • Diesel Repair Lab II

Students are also required to take Business English I, Business English II, Introduction to Library Research Methods, either Applied Technical Math or Fundamentals of Algebra I, either Human Relations in Organizations or Psychology of Human Relations, either Emergency First Aid or CPR, and one Approved Program Elective in order to meet the 107 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students must successfully complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Specialist Certificate of Completion

The Diesel Specialist Certificate of Completion program is comprised of the following industry-specific classes:

  • Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians I
  • Diesel Trades Practices
  • Diesel Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis
  • Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians II
  • Heavy Equipment Power Trains
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul
  • Heavy Equipment Brakes
  • Diesel Repair Lab I
  • Heavy Equipment Fuel Systems
  • Air Conditioning for Diesel Technicians

Students are also required to take Business English I, either Applied Algebra I or Fundamentals of Algebra I, either Human Relations in Organizations or Psychology of Human Relations, and one Approved Program Elective in order to fulfill the 68 credit requirements of the Certificate of Completion program. 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.

Job 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 Oregon was $46,160 yearly and $22.19 hourly, 2% higher than the national average.

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology program at Rogue Community College will be equipped with the mechanical skills and industry training to qualify for entry-level positions as diesel mechanics employed in the diesel technology field, repairing and maintaining diesel trucks and heavy equipment used in the commercial trucking, heavy construction, logging, mining, farming, and natural gas and oil exploration and extraction industries.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Rogue Community College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology. Rogue Community College also offers a 41-week Diesel Specialist Certificate of Completion. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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