Mar 21, 2018  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog

Diesel Systems Technology: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 66 credits minimum

Technical Specialties Division
Meadowbrook Campus
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-5844
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professor − Mark Kranendonk
Assistant Professor - Bill Kleman

Program Description
Students are taught the general concepts of diesel systems technology. Technicians in this field repair and maintain diesel equipment, such as trucks, buses and construction equipment. This includes bulldozers, earth movers, cranes and other diesel-power equipment including construction and mining.

Most diesel technicians are required to buy their own hand tools. Beginning students accumulate more tools as they gain experience. Several manufactures offer students discounts. They also may use testing equipment like dynamometers-which measure engine power. Computer based diagnostic equipment of diagnose engines, transmissions, and other vehicle based systems.

Career Opportunities
Jobs and employment opportunities are numerous and provide an excellent wage usually with good benefits. Graduates find many opportunities for employment as technicians in companies that maintain and repair both on- and off-highway equipment.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Diesel Systems Technology have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Program Entry Requirements
A prospective diesel technician should be in good physical condition and have above-average mechanical ability and eye-hand coordination. Students may start this program Fall or Spring semester. For information on getting started, please visit

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition per semester:
Tools and Supplies: $4,500
Books and Computer-assisted instruction per semester: $700

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4 - Think Critically and Creatively
5 - Civic Engagement
6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy
1. Students will obtain entry level employment skills in Diesel engine service and repair 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
2. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for hydraulic systems and servicing procedures 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
3. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for brake systems, testing and maintenance 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
4. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for electrical and electronics areas of Diesel Systems 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
5. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for transmissions 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
6. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for heavy-duty drive trains 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
7. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for truck suspensions systems 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
8. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for advanced engine performance 1, 3, 4, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

  • Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

  • Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3



  • DST 1020 - Lt Duty Diesel Mech 3

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

Students will need basic reading and math skills. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of the first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the Program Advisor prior to starting this program. The program advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.

The Diesel Systems Technology courses are taught during the day.


All students enrolled in the program are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA. This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, social, and employability skills. For more information see:

Cooperative Education

It is possible to earn some laboratory credit through cooperative education if students are employed in a job involving diesel systems technology. With prior approval of a faculty member and/or CO-OP coordinator, students may register for the CO-OP course.

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