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Diesel Equipment Technology Certificate Industrial & Trade Technology Total Units: 43.5
Term Effective: Fall 2015


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;
  4. perform typical major component repairs; and
  5. access and interpret Diesel service information and schematics both manually and on the computer.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Diesel Equipment Technology program are:

  • Complete 43.5 units from
    • Diesel Equipment Technology Requirements

Diesel Equipment Technology Requirements - complete 43.50 units
AUTO 156 Automotive Electrical System5.00
CS 101A Personal Computers for New Users1.00
DET 179 Diesel Shop Practices3.00
DET 181 Preventive Maintenance and Inspection3.00
DET 182A Diesel Engine Overhaul3.00
DET 182B Diesel Engine Fuel Systems3.00
DET 184 Mobile Hydraulics3.00
DET 185 Heavy Duty Chassis and Undercarriage Systems3.00
DET 188 Heavy-Duty Power Train3.00
DET 189 Heavy Duty Equipment Electrical Systems3.00
IED 190 Industrial Mathematics1.50
WELD 70 Beginning Welding: Fundamentals2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
AUTO 51 Automotive Engines7.00
AUTO 53 Automotive Drive Train6.00
AUTO 54 Automotive Brakes, Steering and Suspension7.00
AUTO 125 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Systems1.50
AUTO 190.1 Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems3.00
AUTO190.1L Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems Lab1.00
AUTO 194 Introduction to Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance and Repair4.00
CS 101B Personal Computer Concepts and Practice2.00
DET 86.1 Farm Machinery Repair 11.50
DET 87 Light and Medium-Duty Diesel Engines3.00
DET 156 California Commercial Truck Driving License Preparation2.00
MACH 51A Beginning Machine Tool Technology2.00
WELD 71 Welding Basics: Intermediate2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Diesel Equipment Technology - effective Spring 2015
Diesel Equipment Technology - effective Fall 2012
Diesel Equipment Technology - effective Fall 2010
Diesel Equipment Technology - effective Summer 2007
Diesel Equipment Technology - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


DET 179 and DET 181 are beginning courses, one of which should be taken prior to or concurrently with other DET core classes.

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