Feb 04, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

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

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Certificate of Completion | 905 Clock Hours

Program Division: Applied Technology
Program Location: Meadowbrook Campus, Building C, Room 116
General Information: 801-957-7522
Program Information: 801-957-3354
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor: Lynda Gray 801-957-5127

Program Faculty:
Instructor - TBD for Diesel Technician
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.

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.

Estimated Cost for Students:
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information.

Estimated Time to Completion:
905 Clock Hours

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
1. Students will obtain entry level employment skills in Diesel engine service and repair 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
2. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for hydraulic systems and servicing procedures 1, 4, 6
3. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for brake systems, testing and maintenance 1, 4, 6
4. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for electrical and electronics areas of Diesel Systems 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
5. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for transmissions 1, 4, 6
6. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for heavy-duty drive trains 1, 4, 6
7. Students will obtain entry level employment skills for truck suspensions systems 1, 4, 6
8. Students will 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.

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