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The Diesel Equipment Technology Certificate of Achievement program offers both theoretical and hands-on training related to diesel equipment including diesel engines, fuel systems, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, drive trains, brake systems and suspension systems. All aspects of heavy-duty, agricultural, and transportation equipment and vehicle functions and repairs are covered. The program also prepares students to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
certification exam. For students interested in an Associate degree, a Diesel major is available.
A student enrolling in the program should be mechanically inclined, have the desire and ability to work with his or her hands, enjoy working in a shop environment, and have the ability to provide a clean health and DMV report prior to employment.
Technological advances and continued expansion of the Diesel Equipment industry have increased the demand for well trained entry-level technicians both locally and state-wide. Students who complete the Diesel Equipment Technology certificate program should be able to find employment as an advanced level apprentice technician.
Careers related to the maintenance and repair of diesel powered or heavy-duty machinery and vehicles are plentiful in Sonoma County and the surrounding areas. Job titles are, Apprentice Mechanic, Journeyman Service Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Fleet Mechanic. Job locations are varied throughout the region; construction companies, truck and bus shops, dealership shops, government fleet shops & independent repair shops are many of the over 500 employers in the area. An average of 15 to 20 job announcements for entry level employees (current students) are announced annually in the classroom, and employers frequently visit the campus to advertise their needs.
The employment outlook is very good to excellent as the number of retirements is currently high and construction continues. As consumerism increases, thus will the need for technicians as trucks bring all of our consumed freight to Sonoma County. The specific need locally will easily equal our current enrollment.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate safe operation of hand tools, power tools and specialized diesel tools and equipment;
2. identify major truck, construction and agricultural equipment components;
3. diagnose major component failures and recommend repairs; and
4. perform typical major component repairs.
The requirements for the Diesel Equipment Technology Certificate program are:
Complete 48 units from
- Diesel Equipment Technology Requirements
|Diesel Equipment Technology Requirements - complete 48.00 units|
|APTECH 90A||Applied Mathematics||4.00|
|AUTO 56||Automotive Electrical System||4.00|
|DET 80||Diesel Shop Practices||3.00|
|DET 81||Preventive Maintenance and Inspection||3.00|
|DET 82A||Internal Combustion Engine Overhaul||3.00|
|DET 82B||Internal Combustion Engine Operation||3.00|
|DET 84||Mobile Hydraulics||3.00|
|DET 85||Heavy Duty Chassis & Undercarriage Systems||3.00|
|DET 88||Heavy-Duty Power Transmissions||3.00|
|DET 89||Heavy Duty Equipment Electrical Systems||3.00|
|WELD 70A||Beginning Welding- Introduction to Basic Fundamentals||2.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:|
|AUTO 51||Automotive Engines||7.00|
|AUTO 53||Automotive Drive Train||6.00|
|AUTO 54||Automotive Brakes, Steering and Suspension||7.00|
|AUTO 305||Automotive Air Conditioning & Heating Systems Service||1.50|
|DET 86||Practical Applications||4.00|
|DET 86.1||Farm Machinery Repair 1||1.50|
|DET 87||Light and Medium-Duty Diesel Engines||3.00|
|DET 165||Lift Truck Operator Certification||0.50|
|DET 170||Electrical Power Generation||2.00|
|DET 180||Mobile Refrigeration Equipment||2.00|
|DET 190.1||Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems||3.00|
|DET 190.1L||Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems Lab||1.00|
|HLE 6||Standard First Aid and CPR||1.00|
|MACH 51A||Beginning Machine Tool Technology||2.00|
|PHYED 37.1||Beginning Weight Training||1.00-2.00|
|WELD 70B||Arc & Oxy-Acetylene Welding||2.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:|
|ENGL 1A||Reading & Composition||4.00|
|ENGL 100||College Reading and Writing||4.00|
The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.