Diesel Equipment Technology

Welcome to Diesel Equipment Technology Program at SRJC

The Diesel Equipment Technology Program (DET) is designed to prepare students for advanced and entry-level employment into the challenging and rewarding career as a Diesel Equipment Service Technician in the industrial equipment, transportation, agriculture, or marine propulsion industries.

Diesel Equipment Technology Employment Opportunities

Due to the rapid increase of technology, today's Diesel Equipment Technicians must not only be proficient in the traditional methods of repair and maintenance, but also prepared to work with computer-related systems that monitor, control, and maintain information related to the equipment.

Current Opportunities - SRJC Job Board

Great Jobs, Great Pay, Great Benefits  

Shops that sell, maintain, or work on farm equipment, construction machinery, marine and stationary power units, trucks and buses are hiring Diesel Service Technicians. Variety abounds in this field, since changes are frequent with the machinery. The heavy equipment industry pays well. As an entry-level Diesel Service Technician, your salary can range from $25,000-$40,000 a year and increase to $60,000-$70,000 a year as your skills and experience grow. In addition to great pay, you'll be in a position to earn overtime, enjoy paid vacations, participate in retirement and savings plans, and have the opportunity to advance in the industry.

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Career Summary at O*NET

Labor Market Demand - 2018 North Bay Region

Quality Instruction 

The curriculum is planned so students can meet the requirements for either an Associate in Science Degree (60+ units) or various Certificates of Completion in Diesel Equipment Technology (6 - 31 units) in as little as one semester. 

Currently only evening classes are available for the main DET Program.  They are a hybrid online/laboratory format.  The lecture portion with be completed online with weekly objectives, and the laboratory portion will be in person one night a week to apply topics learned during lecture.  This format will allow a working student to maintain a traditional job (daytime hours) and complete the program in the evenings.  Please contact the coordinator with any questions about this format.

By studying theory as well as hands-on practical experience, students in the program will learn about mobile hydraulics, mobile electrical and electronic applications, industrial engines, drive trains, chassis systems, braking systems, and other topics that meet or exceed technician standards developed by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF) and Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) (both in process of accreditation).