Diesel Technology
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.
Diesel Technician (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL 097
WRITING FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 085
INDUSTRIAL MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
or MATH 030
PRE-ALGEBRA
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
DIES 111
DIESEL FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
DIES 112
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 113
DIESEL ENGINES/FUEL SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 114
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 115
DRIVE TRAINS
5 cr.
DIES 116
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 120
BASIC ELECTRICAL
3 cr.
DIES 121
ELECTRONIC ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
3 cr.
DIES 122
ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS
3 cr.
DIES 221
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 222
DIESEL PROCEDURES
6 cr.
DIES 223
HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 224
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 225
BRAKES, STEERING, AND SUSPENSION
5 cr.
DIES 226
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
Suggested Extra Courses for Preparation into the Trade
BUS 110
CUSTOMER SERVICE
3 cr.
DIES 093
DETROIT DIESEL ELECTRONIC CONTROLS
3 cr.
DIES 096
CUMMINS ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 099
CAT ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 135
INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
IFA 031
INDUSTRIAL FIRST AID
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 110
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Troubleshoot engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power train systems, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Repair engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power train systems, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the diesel power industry.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Diesel Technologies (AAS)
Suggested Extra Courses (for preparation into trade)
BUS 110
CUSTOMER SERVICE
3 cr.
DIES 093
DETROIT DIESEL ELECTRONIC CONTROLS
3 cr.
DIES 096
CUMMINS ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 099
CAT ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 135
INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
IFA 031
INDUSTRIAL FIRST AID
1 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
MATH 085
INDUSTRIAL MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
or MATH 030
PRE-ALGEBRA
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Note: ENGL 097 does not meet the Communication Skills General Education Requirement for the AAS degree.
Major Area Requirements
DIES 111
DIESEL FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
DIES 112
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 113
DIESEL ENGINES/FUEL SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 114
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 115
DRIVE TRAINS
5 cr.
DIES 116
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 120
BASIC ELECTRICAL
3 cr.
DIES 121
ELECTRONIC ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
3 cr.
DIES 122
ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS
3 cr.
DIES 221
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 222
DIESEL PROCEDURES
6 cr.
DIES 223
HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 224
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 225
BRAKES, STEERING, AND SUSPENSION
5 cr.
DIES 226
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
Total Required Credits: 120
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Troubleshoot engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power train systems, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Repair engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power train systems, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the diesel power industry.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Diesel Technologies (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
DIES 111
DIESEL FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
DIES 112
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 113
DIESEL ENGINES/FUEL SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 114
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 115
DRIVE TRAINS
5 cr.
DIES 116
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 120
BASIC ELECTRICAL
3 cr.
DIES 121
ELECTRONIC ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
3 cr.
DIES 122
ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS
3 cr.
DIES 221
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 222
DIESEL PROCEDURES
6 cr.
DIES 223
HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS
5 cr.
DIES 224
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
DIES 225
BRAKES, STEERING, AND SUSPENSION
5 cr.
DIES 226
DIESEL PROCEDURES
10 cr.
Additional Recommended Courses (for preparation into trade)
BUS 110
CUSTOMER SERVICE
3 cr.
DIES 093
DETROIT DIESEL ELECTRONIC CONTROLS
3 cr.
DIES 096
CUMMINS ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 099
CAT ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 135
INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
IFA 031
INDUSTRIAL FIRST AID
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 110
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Troubleshoot engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power train systems, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Repair engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power train systems, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the diesel power industry.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.