What is Diesel Technology?
Are you a fan of the big rigs? Do you like solving problems and working with your hands? Are you interested in math, science and electronic diagnostics? Becoming a diesel mechanic may be a satisfying career for you! Students learn to operate and repair diesel engines, fuel injection systems, onboard computers, and transmission, steering, suspension and brake systems.
What are my career choices?
Diesel service technicians and mechanics are employed in almost every industry, particularly those that use trucks, buses, and equipment to haul, deliver, and transport materials, goods, and people. The largest employer is the truck transportation industry. Nearly every area of the country employs diesel service technicians and mechanics, although most work is found in towns and cities where trucking companies, bus lines, and other fleet owners have large operations.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science/General Occupational/Technical Studies: Diesel Technology
Medium and Heavy Truck Technician Diploma
Diesel Technology Certificates
- Diesel Engine Mechanic
- Diesel Steering & Suspension Mechanic
- Electrical/Electronics Systems Mechanic
- Fluid Power Mechanic
- Heavy Duty Brake Mechanic
- Heavy Duty Drive Train Mechanic
- Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanic Helper
- Mobile Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Preventive Maintenance Mechanic
- Advising Certificate Plan for All Diesel Technology Certificates
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.