The diesel technician must be able to work on a great variety of equipment and their component parts. These include brake systems, drive trains, electrical and electronic circuits, hydraulic systems, and diesel engines. Diesel power is used in the transportation industry in light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and in industrial applications such as heavy equipment, agriculture, marine propulsion, power generation, and locomotives.
Because of the widespread use of this type of power, diesel technicians can work in a shop or outdoors as a field service technician. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions into the diesel technician trade. Diesel program instruction includes both classroom theory and extensive hands-on experience in the shop where the student encounters real day-to-day problems.
The diesel evening program includes courses for Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit engines; electronic controls; and industrial hydraulics for technicians who wish to further their knowledge and skills. Any course in the program can be made available to area employers and their employees.
Students must complete all Major Area Requirements and specifically listed courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.
Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.