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Diesel Technology

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Diesel Technology involves the diagnoses, modification, and repair of diesel engines for a range of transportation industries.

Clark’s Diesel program prepares students for entry-level positions in the diesel technician trade and has kept with industry changes through new and improved training in basic electronics and electrical systems.

Students learn to work on brake systems, drive trains, electric and electronic circuits, hydraulic systems, and diesel engines, all of which are valuable skills for a successful career.

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Dependable Skills Gained by Real-World Instruction

Today's diesel technicians are diverse and flexible with the knowledge to work on a variety of engines and drive train components. Clark College’s diesel technology program offers an intensive hands-on experience where students learn to encounter, troubleshoot, and fix real day-to-day problems on real equipment.

The use of diesel technology has various applications, upon completion of our programs technicians can explore work in a shop or outdoors as field technicians.

Clark also offers evening courses that include Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit engines; electronic controls; and industrial hydraulics for technicians who wish to further their knowledge and skills.


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Diesel Technicians exist in a variety of roles: service technician, fleet mechanic, transit mechanic, or diesel mechanic. According to the U.S Department of Labor employment projections forecast Diesel Technician jobs growing at a rate of 9 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $24.83 per hour.

Degree Options

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
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS (recommended)
5 cr.
Human Relations
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 096
CUMMINS ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 135
INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULICS
3 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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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 powered Industry.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
Diesel Technologies (AAS)
Suggested Extra Courses (for preparation into trade)
BUS 110
CUSTOMER SERVICE
3 cr.
DIES 096
CUMMINS ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 135
INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULICS
3 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)*
 
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations
 
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)
 
*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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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 powered Industry.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
Diesel Technologies (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
 
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills
 
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
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 096
CUMMINS ENGINES
3 cr.
DIES 135
INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULICS
3 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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • 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 powered Industry.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.