2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jan 22, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diesel Technology, AAS

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Diesel technicians use a variety of skills to prepare, diagnose, repair, and maintain diesel engines. To keep engines running smoothly, a diesel technician uses test equipment to evaluate and troubleshoot running engines. From there, they determine what adjustments are necessary or what parts need to be replaced to restore the engine to top performance. In addition to the engines, diesel technicians also need comprehensive knowledge of electrical systems, power trains, brakes, steering and suspensions, hydraulics, and air conditioning.

  • Southeast Tech Laptop Required

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology, a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

*See detailed NATEF list for individual tasks. Identified as being important by the NATEF medium/heavy truck technicians related academic skills committee from the V-Tecs/Illinois workplace skills list.

  • Repair Diesel Engines.
  • Repair Drive Train Systems.
  • Repair Brake Systems.
  • Repair Suspension & Steering Systems.
  • Repair Electrical/Electronic Systems.
  • Repair Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems.
  • Perform Preventive Maintenance Inspections.
  • Recognize impact of technological changes in the transportation industry.
  • Comply with safety and health rules/procedures.
  • Identify hazardous substances in the work place.
  • Use and maintain proper tools and equipment.
  • Maintain work area.

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Diagnose truck systems to determine deficiencies.
  • Evaluate diagnostic test results.
  • Identify the problem and evaluate options.
  • Apply appropriate solutions to the problem and their impact.
  • Employ reasoning skills.
  • Assess employer and employee responsibility in solving a problem.
  • Estimate results of implemented options.
  • Prioritize and organize workloads.
  • Work effectively in a team.


  • Implement responsibilities of the position and comply with organizational expectations.
  • Maintain regular attendance.
  • Assume responsibility for decisions and actions.
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn.
  • Practice time management.
  • Practice cost effectiveness.
  • Apply ethical reasoning.
  • Display initiative, assertiveness and positive behavior.
  • Treat people with respect.
  • Use job-related terminology.
  • Follow conservation/environmental practices and policies.


  • Communicate technical information to customers.
  • Follow written and oral directions.
  • Prepare written reports.
  • Demonstrate effective job-seeking techniques.
  • Demonstrate basic computing skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to manage and access information.Communicate professionally with team members, co-workers, and customers.

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 67

Additional Information

Students entering a program in any semester other than outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

Estimated total program fees

Tuition $6,968
Fees $5,963
Books & Supplies $1,600
Laptop $ 840
Tools & Supplies $ 3,300
Other $ 120
TOTAL $18,791

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