May 29, 2023  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 

Apprenticeship Diesel Systems Technology: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 65 credits minimum

Aviation & Transportation Technology Division 
Westpointe WWTE 150
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-2140
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Generally, Diesel Apprenticeship faculty members are chosen from experienced field technicians who are working in the field and have a minimum of six years’ experience. Course instructors can be full-time faculty or can be hired as adjunct on a semester-by-semester basis.

Program Description
The DSTA program is designed for training Mechanics in both installation and service work. Apprentices in the DSTA program have the opportunity to learn techniques required to install new equipment as well as skills and knowledge to repair and troubleshoot existing equipment. The program is designed with related theory and hands-on application for maximum benefit for the student. This is a four-year program requiring 8,000 hours of on-the-job-training as well as 576 minimum hours of related instruction. Most sponsors of this program are also registering with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for certification.

Note: The Diesel Systems Technology program is industry specific with classes being offered on an as-needed basis. Please consult the semester class schedule for the courses being offered or contact the Apprenticeship Office.

The College provides classroom-related and supplemental instruction for apprenticeship programs. Classes are held in the days, evenings, and Saturdays, depending on the program. The College neither provides on-the-job training nor acts as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals must locate their own sponsors. For individual industry-sponsored programs, students should contact their employers’ training director or the Apprenticeship Office.

The Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship is the federal registering agency for all Utah programs. For National credentials, students and sponsors need to be registered with the Federal Office of Apprenticeship, 125 South State Street, Suite 2412, Salt Lake City, UT 84138. Sponsors are encouraged to be registered with the Office of Apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities
Apprenticeship students are expected to be employed while participating in related training course work.

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.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition per semester:

Estimated Time to Completion
Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts: (1) on-the-job training is provided by a sponsor who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all phases of a particular craft; (2) classroom-related instruction is designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of theoretical and technical aspects of their craft. Total completion of an apprenticeship program will take up to five years, depending upon the craft.

Program Entry Requirements
All entering students must demonstrate competence for placement into MATH 0980  by participating in the Direct Student Assessment evaluation, or provide a transcript showing a grade of C or higher in MATH 0920  or MATH 0950  or completing IND 1120  with a grade of C or higher before registering for this program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge.
2 - Communicate Effectively.
3 - Develop quantitative literacies.
4 - Think critically and creatively.
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged.
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner.
7 - Develop computer and information literacy.

Achieve entry-level proficiency in all areas of carpentry as well as advanced training as work experience is added.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Be prepared to continue in the workforce having the necessary workplace skills.

2, 3, 4, 5

Demonstrate knowledge of safety practices used in industry to keep themselves and their peers from being injured as well as the equipment on which they work from being damaged.  

1, 2, 4, 6, 8

Demonstrate proficiency in the use of hand tools, heavy equipment and computer-based diagnostic devices.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate the ability to perform preventative maintenance (PM) services on heavy-duty equipment and over-the-road diesel trucks.    

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate their ability to properly diagnose (troubleshoot) part and system failures on heavy equipment and diesel trucks.  

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate their ability to repair and replace components on heavy duty equipment and diesel trucks based on the findings of their troubleshooting activities.   

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Communicate effectively with customers, peers, supervisors & faculty in both verbal and written forms.  

1, 2, 3, 6, 7

Utilize critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.  

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Demonstrate their understanding of the operation of a diesel engine. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of electrical, hydraulic, braking, suspension and drivetrain systems.  

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose 2 courses from the following Distribution Areas; 6 credits total

Advising Notes

The math prerequisite does not fulfill any of the apprenticeship hours required. Classes are to be taken in the sequence in which they are given. A student must pass each class with a C or higher grade to move on to the next level. All major DSTA course requirements must be taken to complete the apprenticeship curriculum.

Failure to complete the necessary course work or to register in a timely manner for each class will add one full year to the apprentice’s 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 Apprenticeship Program Advisor prior to starting this program. The Program Advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.


Additional Program Note

A Certificate in Diesel Systems Technology is also available. For more information about this certificate, contact the Aviation & Transportation Related Technology Department Office, Miller Campus, MATC 201, 801-957-5240.

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