Diesel Technology

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The SouthernTech Diesel Technology program is focused on maintenance and repair of medium and heavy duty trucks. The I-35 corridor provides many job opportunities in the truck technician field, and is a great place to be a truck technician. The medium / heavy truck program will prepare you for a career in this exciting well-paying field.


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.


High School Student: Free. Adult Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Adult Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Adult Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Diesel Technology Fundamentals
Introduction to Diesel 45
Preventive Maintenance 120
Steering / Suspension Systems 120
Brakes 120
Drive Train 120
Total Hours 525
Estimated time to complete (Half Time) 1 year
Diesel Technology Advanced
Introduction to Diesel 45
Preventive Maintenance 120
Steering / Suspension Systems 120
Brakes 120
Drive Train 120
Diesel Engines 240
Electrical / Electronics 240
Workforce Staging 45
Total Hours 1050
Estimated time to complete (Full Time) 1 year
Estimated time to complete (Half Time) 2 years


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Entry-Level Medium Heavy Truck (MHT): Suspension & Steering
ASE Entry-Level MHT: Brakes
ASE Entry-Level MHT: Diesel Engines
ASE Entry-Level MHT: Electrical/Electronics
NCRC: WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization:



Adults (Half Time) 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM; Adults (Full Time) 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:45-3:45 PM; High School Students 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options:

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Bus Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Technician, Fleet Mechanic, General Repair Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Technician, Trailer Mechanic, Transit Mechanic, Truck Mechanic – Approximate Pay Potential: $13-30/Hour(source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3031.00):

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