Why Choose Diesel Technology at PPCC?

Through active industry partnerships and a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of instructors, PPCC’s program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for employment in the medium and heavy duty diesel equipment, vehicle repair and parts supply industry.

What will I study?

Our program provides students with a broad foundation in the diesel repair field by providing them hands-on experience that prepares them for entry level positions in the field of medium and heavy duty diesel equipment and vehicle repair and parts supply. Areas of emphasis are:

  • Engine repair
  • Fuel supply and management
  • Suspension and brakes
  • Hydraulic systems operation
  • Lighting and instrumentation

Example Classes I Might Take

Focuses on maintaining a safe and clean working heavy duty diesel shop. Emphasis is placed on the proper use and care for hand, electric, air and hydraulic tools safely. Covers how to clean equipment properly, to handle and dispose of hazardous materials correctly, and to apply mandated regulations. Emphasis is also placed on proper lifting equipment.
Covers the theory of operation and repair of fuel injection systems. Provides laboratory assignments that involve disassembly, assembly, and service procedures on fuel system components.
Focuses on the student identifying and describing the many different types of diesel powered vehicles. Emphasis is placed on being able to research information in maintenance manuals and parts manuals along with demonstration of their abilities in properly identifying and select mechanical fasteners for a particular application. Specific coverage of precision fasteners, fuels, fluids as they relate to the diesel industry.
Covers the theory of operation and repair of diesel engines with emphasis on the cylinder block in big bore engines. Enables students to disassemble, inspect, and reassemble engines.

Career Options

Graduates of PPCC's Diesel Power Technology program are prepared to work in the following fields:

  • Fleet maintenance
  • Dealership service
  • Heavy equipment maintenance
  • Over-the-road truck maintenance
  • Aftermarket parts development/specialist

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Diesel Technology program, students should be able to:

  • Interpret and use reference material found in the diesel industry
  • Inspect and service selective catalytic reduction components and diesel particulate filters
  • Interface with vehicle's on-board computer; perform diagnostic procedures using electronic service tool(s) (to include PC based software and/or data scan tools); determine needed action
  • Read and interpret electrical/electronic circuits using wiring diagrams
  • Use precision measuring tools as they apply to the diesel industry