Certificate of Achievement, Diesel General Service Technician

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Diesel General Service Technician is a one and a half year, three-semester training program designed to prepare the student to enter the medium and heavy duty transportation industry with the skills to be a successful mechanic/technician. This certificate emphasizes principles of operation along with diagnostic and repair procedures. All general service training may be applied toward other diesel degree programs and also prepares students for ASE T-series of exams to become nationally certified.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Elective 1 3
DT 100 Introduction to Diesel Technologies 2
DT 102 Basic Heavy Duty Electrical Systems 4
DT 110 Heavy Duty Electrical Systems 3
DT 105 Mobile Heating and Air Conditioning (3) 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Communications 1 3
DT 130 Heavy Duty Hydraulics 3
DT 201 Diesel Brakes and Pneumatics 3
DT 250 Preventive Maintenance 2
 Semester Total11
3rd semester
DT 210 Advanced Diesel Engines 4
DT 217 Electronic Diesel Fuel Injection 4
DT 101 Basic Diesel Engines 4
 Semester Total12
 Total Units38

See program recommendations or requirements.

ASE Education Foundation

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Business Speech Communications
Technical Communications I
Human Relations[3]
Satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses: DT 101, DT 102, DT 110, DT 130, DT 201, DT 250.
Satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses: DT 101, DT 102, DT 110, DT 130, DT 201, DT 250.
Certificate Requirements
DT 100Introduction to Diesel Technologies2
DT 101Basic Diesel Engines4
DT 102Basic Heavy Duty Electrical Systems4
DT 105Mobile Heating and Air Conditioning3
DT 110Heavy Duty Electrical Systems3
DT 130Heavy Duty Hydraulics3
DT 201Diesel Brakes and Pneumatics3
DT 210Advanced Diesel Engines4
DT 217Electronic Diesel Fuel Injection4
DT 250Preventive Maintenance2
Elective Requirements
Select at least 3 units from the following:3
Introduction to Information Systems
OR select and AUTO, WELD, HVAC
Total Units38

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Identify and implement safety procedures involved in diagnosis, service, and repair of all major medium/heavy duty truck and heavy equipment components and systems.
  • Demonstrate correct repair strategies and techniques by applying knowledge of system operation and demonstration of mechanical skills to accomplish repair tasks.