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Diesel Technology Program

This program is offered at Clark State's Dayton location.

The diesel industry is growing and there is a current and future need for qualified technicians. Diesel engines are more powerful and durable than gas engines, making them a popular alternative in the trucking, busing, agriculture, and construction industries.  Diesel technicians perform complete engine overhauls, minor preventative maintenance services, and everything in between.  Starting wages are usually in the $13 to $16 per hour range with increases going to $30 per hour or more.  Job opportunities are going unfilled in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio and the country.

The Clark State Diesel Technology program is a comprehensive sequence of courses that combines theory and practical applications.  Students learn the theory, design, operation, diagnosis, repair and service of diesel engines, power train and chassis, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, and fuel injection systems.  They develop communication and mathematical skills.  The program includes 300 hours of on-the-job training in a co-op work experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Technical Studies in Diesel Technology, a graduate will be able to:

  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck engines
  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck suspension and steering systems
  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck brake systems
  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck electrical/electronic systems
  • Perform preventative maintenance and inspections on medium and heavy-duty trucks
  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck drivelines
  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Diagnose and repair medium and heavy-duty truck fluid power systems

Scholastic Preparation

Basic mechanical ability or previous mechanical work experience is helpful, but not required.  Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800, Computer Fundamentals, as a preparatory course before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 1210, Keyboarding/Word Processing.

Program Design and Availability

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

This program is taught in a modern, clean training facility at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center at 6800 Hoke Road in Clayton, Ohio.   Some general education courses may need to be completed online or at the Clark State Community College Greene Center Campus.

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Humanities/Social Science Electives
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
Fall
DSL 1300 Preventative Maintenance 2
DSL 1500 Heavy Truck Drive Trains 3
DSL 1600 Basic Electrical 3
ENT 1000 Introduction to Industrial and Engineering Technology 3
INT 1000 OSHA 10-Hour General Safety 1
MGT 1100 Personal Finance 3
 
Spring
DSL 1100 Hydraulic Theory and Operation 2
DSL 1200 Fundamentals of Engines 3
DSL 1550 Truck Steering and Suspension 2
AGR 1800 Weldingor  
WLD 1000 Introduction to Welding Processes 3
EBE 1000 Employability Skills 1
MTH 1115 Industrial Calculations 3
 
Summer
DSL 1650 Truck Brake Systems 3
DSL 2600 Heavy Truck HVAC 2
 
Fall
DSL 2300 Advanced Electrical / Electronics 3
DSL 2500 Heavy Truck Automatic Transmissions 2
ENG 1111 English I 3
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications 3
-- Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (GA) 3
 
Spring
DSL 2710 Diesel Engine Performance 4
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I 3
EBE 2702 Co-op Education I 2
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
MGT 1115 Customer Relations 2
 
  Total Credit Hours 62

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.