Diesel Engine Service Technician

Program Overview

The Diesel Engine Service Technician certificate program provides the student with training to become an entry level diesel engine service technician.  The topics covered include diesel shop safety, tools and equipment, diesel electrical/electronic systems, and diesel engines and support systems.

Students who complete this program have participated in a training program that was certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Students may enter the Diesel Engine Service Technician program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Diesel Engine Service Technician program must have good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, math skills, and the ability to apply technology to the work environment.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$25,000.00 – $75,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $2,262.00
Books & Supplies: $800.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

ASE Student Certifications Exams:  $40.00
This fee will be assessed when a student registers for DIET 1000.
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment as a diesel engine service technician.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • DIET1000Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety3 credit hours80 contact hours
  • Diesel Electrical Course Options: 7 Credit Hours Required
  • DIET1010Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems7 credit hours210 contact hours
  • DIET1011Diesel Electrical and Electronic Systems I4 credit hours116 contact hours
  • DIET1012Diesel Electrical and Electronics Systems II3 credit hours93 contact hours
  • Engines Course Options: 6 Credit Hours Required
  • DIET1030Diesel Engines6 credit hours195 contact hours
  • DIET1031Diesel Engine Repair3 credit hours94 contact hours
  • DIET1032Diesel Engine Support Systems3 credit hours100 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 16