Diesel Mechanics Technology

Students working on a truck engine

Program Mission

The Diesel Mechanics Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the diesel mechanics industry and the needs of the individual exploration.

Program Description

The program is designed to provide students with knowledge of heavy duty truck engines and chassis components and to develop student proficiency in the repair and maintenance of heavy duty truck equipment.

Admission is every other Fall semester.

Program Prerequisites

  • Placement in ENG 100; MATH 50, OR Placement into MATH 150 or higher

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • The cost of text books is approximately $360.
  • Required hand tools is approximately $2,500.

Upon successful completion of the DISL program, students will be able to:

  • Function safely in a heavy equipment shop environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Apply theory and principles for proper diagnosis, repair, and maintenance in the heavy-duty truck equipment industry.
  • Practice the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary to maintain professional proficiency.
  • Work collaboratively with others as well as independently.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply theory and principles for proper diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of heavy duty truck equipment and systems.


  • Read manuals, diagrams, and charts.
  • Interpret readings on meters and gauges.
  • Do searches in component manuals for manufacturer specifications.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Identify names and functions of major internal and external components and operating systems.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Discuss hazardous waste.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Assemble/disassemble parts in proper order.
  • Organize parts by type and function.
  • Inspect and test components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform procedures according to manufacturer specifications.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Use sensory cues to inspect and test components to determine root causes of failures and respond properly.


  • Determine readings on meters, gauges, scales, and dials.
  • Detect and respond to noises, vibrations, temperatures and smells that indicate problems.
  • Survey and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for maintenance and repairs.
  • Judge distance and spatial relationships of objects.
  • Recognize and interpret colors and textures of residue on parts.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely and independently handle components.


  • Move and maneuver a diesel truck and forklift.
  • Operate necessary tools and equipment.
  • Remove and replace failed components and small parts.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Use checklists to complete work and do inspections.
  • Complete job sheets clearly specifying parts, materials, and services.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with other students in class and lab.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in a heavy equipment shop environment.


  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting