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2020-21 Diesel Technology (PDF)*

Associate of Applied Science Degree
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 through the Placement Process. 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.

WR121 English Composition or higher level composition

Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12
First Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
BT113 Business English I or WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or
higher level composition
CIS/CS___ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 1 0-2
DS111 Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians I 6
DS120 Diesel Practices 5
LIB101 Introduction to Information Literacy or
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research
Second Term
BT114 Business English II or
WR121 English Composition or higher level composition 
DS131 Diesel Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis 4
DS134 Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians II 3
DS141 Heavy Equipment Power Trains 4
Third Term
DS113 Diesel Engine Overhaul 6
DS151 Heavy Equipment Brakes 6
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math (MTH105 or higher recommended for transfer) 2
Fourth Term (Summer)
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or 
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
DS270 Air Conditioning for Diesel Technicians 5
DS275 Preventative Maintenance Inspection 5
  Total First Year Credits 58-61
Second Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Fifth Term
DS160 Heavy Equipment Suspension and Steering Systems 5
WLD111D Technology of Industrial Welding I (Diesel) 6
Sixth Term
DS233 Computerized Vehicle Management Systems 4
______ Approved program elective(s) 4-10
Seventh Term
DS232 Heavy Equipment Fuel Systems 3
DS260 Hydraulic Systems 3
DS280 Cooperative Work Experience/Diesel 4 or DS290 Diesel Repair Lab  3
HE112 Emergency First Aid or
HE261 CPR/Basic life Support Provider
  Total Second Year Credits 29-35
  Total Program Credits 90-96
Approved Program Electives (4-10 credits required) Students must complete a sufficient number of electives from the list below in order to complete a minimum total of 90 program credits.
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
DS290 Diesel Repair Lab  3-6
EET101 Introduction to Electronics 3
EET112 Introduction to Mechatronics 5
GS104 Physical Science with lab (recommended for transfer) 4
MEC103 Industrial Safety 1
MEC124 Hoisting and Rigging 3
MFG121 Manufacturing Processes I 4
MTH65 Fundamentals of Algebra II or higher level math 4-5
WLD112 Technology of Industrial Welding II 6
WR122 English Composition II 4
WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Approved humanities elective (see catalog for approved list of electives) 3-4
  Approved social science elective (see catalog for approved list of electives) 3-4

1 Required for graduation. 

2 MTH105 or higher recommended for transfer.

3 PSY101 recommended for transfer.

4 Can be taken anytime during the program with permission of advisor.

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

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