Diesel Technology

Program Guide

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Tool List


The Program

The demand for highly skilled diesel technicians continues to grow each and every year. And with various types of advanced electronic and computerized testing equipment becoming prominent throughout the industry today, the professionals who have the skills to utilize this technology hold a significant advantage over those who do not.  

Through a balanced combination of classroom sessions and hands-on projects, students who enroll in SATC’s Diesel Technology Program will learn how to repair and maintain a wide range of agriculture, construction, and over the road trucking diesel engine applications. From hydraulics and power trains, to electrical systems and fuel injectors, no diesel engine is too complex for our students.

After completion of SATC’s Diesel Technology Program, graduates will have the opportunity to pursue career opportunities in a wide range of fields including construction, agriculture, railway and OTR trucking repair among many others.

This is an ASE certified NATEF program. All instructors are Master ASE Certified.

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes

Develop a basic understanding and demonstrate the ability to perform the entry level skills in all blocks of the program:

1. Basic Engine
2.  Basic Power Trains and Cab Air Conditioning
3.  Brakes - Hydraulic and Air
4.  Electrical Systems
5. Torque Convertors and Power Shift Transmissions
6. Hydraulics, Hydrostatic Drive, Steering, and Suspension Systems
7. Diesel Fuel Injection Systems
8. Major Diesel Engine Overhaul, Dyno Testing, and Tune-up
9. Develop communication, critical thinking, and technical skills needed to obtain employment.
10. Develop human relation skills and professional behavior for the workplace including appropriate business attire, attendance, punctuality, telephone and business protocol, and professionalism.
11. Develop an understanding of the importance of work related skills such as: working independently, teamwork, following directions, time management, problem solving and critical thinking.









 Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this program, the student is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The student frequently is required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The student is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must work in various weather conditions such as excessive heat or cold. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Program Length

Two Years


Mac Loucks - ASE Master Technician

Mike Parker - ASE Master Technician

Expected Starting Salary

$30,000 - $40,000

Career Opportunities

Diesel Technician

Service Representative

Sales & Parts Representative

Small Business Owner

Service Manager

Store Manager

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