This is Diesel Technology

  • Course Description

    Analyzing and repairing the complex electrical, hydraulic, and fuel systems of today’s semi-trucks and heavy construction equipment are the core training components of this program. Students will troubleshoot, overhaul, and assemble diesel engines in our industry grade diesel repair facility using the same equipment and techniques as professional mechanics.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment

    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate

  • Credits & Certifications Offered

    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One
    • 3 CTE Year Two

    College Credit

    • St. Louis Community College - 9 credits


    • Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification in Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Brake Systems, Brakes and Steering & Suspension
    • S/P2 Safety
    • EPA 609
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 26%-50% 26%-50%
    CTE Year Two 25% or less 75% or more
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.

    Tools & Equipment

    • Basic hand tools including hammers, sockets, and pliers
    • Advanced electrical testing equipment
    • Advanced diagnostic equipment
    • Shop lifting equipment (truck lift, jacks, chain hoist)
    • Shop tools such as grinders, presses, and drills
    • Pneumatic tools
    • Cutting and welding equipment

    Academic Materials

    • CDX Online - a college level text

    Uniform Requirements

    • Work boots, black work pants, and a black work shirt
    • Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the lab space
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills 

    • Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement

    • Have a basic working knowledge of hand and power tools

    • Have an awareness of personal safety in the shop, adhere to safety procedures and assume personal responsibility

    • Respecting the importance of accuracy as it relates to mechanisms of a vehicle

    • Follow and complete multi-step directions

    • Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects

    • Tolerate working in a diesel environment that includes high places, small spaces, loud noises, smells, extreme temperatures, outdoors, and dirty environments

    • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs

    • Detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness

    For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.