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Diesel Specialist

2018-19 Diesel Specialist Grad Guides (PDF)

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 470605C
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Diesel Specialist four-term certificate program is designed for students seeking an entry-level
career in today’s diesel repair industry. The program builds rapidly from fundamentals and theory
into diagnosis and repair of today’s modern equipment based upon Automotive Service Excellence
(ASE) and industrial standards.

The design of the program places heavy emphasis upon actual hands-on work in diesel labs.
Approximately two-thirds of the time spent in the program is in a lab (shop) environment where
the student applies theory to diagnosis and repair of a wide variety of equipment. As students’ skill
levels develop so does the difficulty of repairs performed.

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Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
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Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program Learning Outcomes for Diesel Technology are:

Work within OSHA, RCC, and current industry safety guidelines and standards to promote a safe working environment.

Read wiring diagrams and schematics, measure voltage, amperage and resistance with common industry equipment, evaluate and troubleshoot wiring, charging and starting problems.

Evaluate, troubleshoot and repair diesel engines, heavy-duty brakes, suspension and steering, power train assemblies, air conditioning and basic hydraulics.

Evaluate and troubleshoot computerized systems on the chassis, engine, brakes and suspension, evaluate fault codes, and make repairs as needed.

Work in a cohesive group on a collective project from beginning to end, producing high quality work while adhering to safety and lab procedures.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must
be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core
requirements. College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with current agreement. Verified
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification or industry experience may be substituted for
some coursework in accordance with college policy and the department chair’s approval.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their
certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for
these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency

Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test score 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-16
Technical Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
BT113 Business English I or higher level composition

Note: Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit version of BT113 will have met this requirement. WR115 or higher level composition may also be substituted.

DS111 Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians I 7
DS120 Diesel Trades Practices 6
Second Term
DS131 Diesel Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis 5
DS134 Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians II 4
DS141 Heavy Equipment Power Trains 5
Third Term
DS113 Diesel Engine Overhaul 6
DS151 Heavy Equipment Brakes 6
DS190 Diesel Repair Lab I 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4
Fourth Term (Summer)
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
DS232 Heavy Equipment Fuel Systems 4
DS270 Air Conditioning for Diesel Technicians 5
  Approved program electives 0-6
  Total Program Credits 62-68
Approved Program Electives
Course No.
Course Title
AM190 Automotive Repair Lab I 4
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
DS112 Gasoline Engines Rebuild 6
DS199 Selected Topic Workshop 1-6
DS280 Cooperative Work Experience/Diesel variable
DS280S Cooperative Work Experience Seminar/Diesel 1
DS290 Diesel Repair Lab II 3
EET101 Introduction to Electronics 3
EET112 Introduction to Mechatronics 5
GS104 Physical Science with lab 4
MEC123 Industrial Safety 1
MEC124 Hoisting and Rigging 3
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
TD103A Introduction to Commercial Truck Driver Training (Class B License) 2
TD103B Commercial Truck Driving Training Practical Applications (Class B License) 2

For more information contact the Diesel Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7809
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7809
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527