Diesel Equipment Technology

Program Overview

The Diesel Equipment Technology diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the diesel equipment service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.  The program emphasizes a combination of truck, heavy equipment, marine systems, or emergency power generator repair theory and practical application necessary for successful employment depending on the specialization area a student chooses to complete. Program graduates receive a Diesel Equipment Technology diploma that qualifies them as entry-level Diesel Equipment technicians.

Students are accepted into the Diesel Equipment Technology program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 4 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 47 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Diesel Equipment Technology diploma 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:  $6,024.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,550.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)


ASE Student Certifications Exams:  $30.00
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

The Diesel Equipment Technology program is intended to prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in truck service and repair or heavy equipment service and repair.

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;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • DIET1000Introduction to Diesel Technology, Tools, and Safety3 credit hours80 contact hours
  • DIET1020Preventive Maintenance5 credit hours121 contact hours
  • DIET1040Diesel Truck and Heavy Equipment HVAC Systems3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • 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
  • DIET2010Truck Brake Systems4 credit hours127 contact hours
  • DIET2000Truck Steering and Suspension Systems4 credit hours102 contact hours
  • DIET2020Truck Drive Trains4 credit hours100 contact hours
  • DIET2001Heavy Equipment Hydraulics6 credit hours168 contact hours
  • DIET2011Off Road Drivelines6 credit hours163 contact hours
  • DIET2002Diesel Power Generation Basic Power Generation Fundamentals6 credit hours184 contact hours
  • DIET2012Diesel Power Generation Controls, Switching, and Auxiliary Systems6 credit hours185 contact hours
  • DIET2003Marine Auxiliary Systems6 credit hours157 contact hours
  • DIET2013Marine Drive Systems6 credit hours159 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 47