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Diesel Technology

2018-19 Diesel Technology Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 470605D
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is designed for students seeking
a 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.

If students intend to transfer to either SOU’s ( or Oregon Tech’s
( Bachelor of Applied Science
degree program, transfer courses should be chosen from the list of electives where possible. See an
advisor for more information, or visit

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 programs 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
degrees. 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.

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