Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Diesel Service Technician and Driver: CC (Competency-Based)(CTE)

Certificate of Completion | 905 Clock Hours

SAT Instruction Division
Westpointe Center
Information 801-957-7522
Program Information 801-957-3354
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Instructors - CDL Bill Tovar, Kenneth Medell

Program Description
This program is designed to train students in diesel systems technology. Technicians in this field repair and maintain diesel equipment, such as trucks, buses, construction and mining equipment. This includes bulldozers, earth movers, cranes and other diesel-power equipment.  Diesel technicians use testing equipment like dynamometers, which measure engine power. Computer based diagnostic equipment is also used to assist in diagnoses of engines, transmissions, and other vehicle based systems. This intensive program also prepares students for an entry-level truck driving position as a Class “A” CDL driver.

Career Opportunities
For state and national occupation information, visit http://onlinelonetcenter.org/find and enter the following O*Net codes:

  • 49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

According to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/diesel-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm diesel mechanics have a 2012 Median Pay of $42,320 per year.  The job outlook for diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for those who have completed postsecondary training in diesel engine repair.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Please check with the department for current articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx

Estimated Time to Completion
905 Clock Hours

Program Entry Requirements
Student must have basic math and reading skills according to TABE

  • Math 8
  • Reading 8

In addition, the KPDR 0510  Professional Truck Driving course has the following specific requirements:

  • CDL Learners Permit (Class A)
  • Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) w/ no DUI’s within past two years
  • DOT medical card
  • Drug Test (at SLCC approved collection center)
  • Lab Fee of $1,950.00 that helps cover cost of required driving expenses

The instructors for Professional Driving, 801-957-5805 can answer questions on how to obtain the above requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Obtain entry level employment skills in Diesel engine service and repair

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for hydraulic systems and servicing procedures

1, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for brake systems, testing and maintenance

1, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for electrical and electronics areas of Diesel Systems

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for transmissions

1, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for heavy-duty drive trains

1, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for truck suspensions systems

1, 4, 6

Obtain entry level employment skills for advanced engine performance

1, 3, 4, 6


Advising Notes

A prospective diesel technician should be in good physical condition and have above-average mechanical ability and eye-hand coordination.

Additional Program Notes

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: http://www.skillsusa-utah.org.

Students are not required to have their own tools for this program, but students can buy their own tools through various vendors for a substantial discount.  The cost of a basic set of tools for diesel mechanics can be as high as $3600.00.  Most employers require mechanics to have their own tools.  See your instructor for more information.