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Diesel Applied Technology

The Diesel Applied Technology curriculum offers an opportunity to receive theoretical knowledge and develop skills necessary to function as a diesel technician. The curriculum is designed to give a practical approach, under shop performance conditions, for the study of diesel applied technology. Currently there is a shortage of diesel technicians and our program will prepare you for a job in this fast-paced career.

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We have a dual credit program set-up with a local high school and these students were given a project at the begin of the semester. The engine is a 2-cycle Detroit 6-71. The students replaced one cylinder, repaired the head and also replaced one injector. Once they had the engine back together, they started and ran it. Engine ran fine. A job well done.

Date of this item added : 2015-03-13


On 05 APR, the Diesel Applied Technology program with the help of some of our students put on the SKILLS USA State Competition. 13 students from across TX competed in the competition and the winner would go on to represent TX at National Competition. This is our sixth year putting on the competition.

Date of this item added : 2013-05-01


On 23 MAR, the diesel applied technology program for the fifth year put on the SKILLS USA state competition. 12 students from across TX competed to see who would represent TX at the National competition. The students were tested on 10 different tasks. They included hands-on engine problems, electrical troubleshooting and electronic diagnostics.

Date of this item added : 2012-04-03


Program Information
A diesel technician may get a job repairing and maintaining diesel powered equipment, such as heavy trucks, buses; construction equipment such as bulldozers, crane, and road graders; and farm equipment such as tractors and combines. A small number work on diesel-powered automobiles. Diesel technicians also service a variety of other diesel-powered equipment, such as electric generators and compressors and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

The Diesel technology field is changing every day. Today’s diesel technicians need to have special skills. They have to have a basic knowledge of computers, basic electricity, troubleshooting skills and how to use the latest software to troubleshoot today’s electronic engines. Our program trains students on the latest electronic engines like Cummins, Caterpillar and Detroit. Students also learn how to use the latest software like Cummins Insite, Cat Electronic Technician, Detroit Diesel Diagnostic Link and other software’s used today. Because of proposed emissions requirements, diesel technicians have to be able to service the engines that are used today and in the future.

Good reading and basic mathematics skills are needed to study technical manuals to keep abreast of the new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications. Computer skills are also useful, as many truck, diesel engine and equipment manufactures provide specialized, updated service and repair procedures and specifications on the Internet.

Employers sometimes send experienced technicians to special training classes conducted by truck, bus, diesel engine, parts, and equipment manufacturers, where they learn the latest technology. Certain truck, diesel engine and equipment manufactures also require technicians to undergo computerized training to keep up with today’s ever changing technology.

Voluntary certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is recognized as a standard of achievement for diesel technicians. Technicians may be certified as Master Medium/ Heavy-Duty Truck Technician or may be certified in one or more of following different areas of medium/ heavy-duty truck repair; diesel engines, drive trains, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical/electronic systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, preventive maintenance inspection and truck electronic diesel engine diagnosis.  For certification in each area, technicians must pass a written examination and have at least two years of experience (two years of school count as one year of experience). To retain certification, technicians must retake the tests at least every five years.

Degree Plans
Certificate: Diesel Engine Specialist
Certificate: Diesel Systems Specialist
Associate in Applied Science Degree: Diesel Applied Technology

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Pete Carpentier - Bio
Diesel Applied Technology Coordinator
Diesel Building
Room 111

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Kelvin Jones
Diesel Building
Room 111




































Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404