Heavy Diesel Service Technician *NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS*

Program Overview


The Heavy Diesel Service Technician certificate program provides training in both theory, diagnosis, and repair of basic systems on diesel engines and diesel equipment.  Program instruction includes shop safety, shop equipment, diesel engines and fuel systems, electrical and electronic systems, off road power trains, and heavy equipment hydraulics.  Successful completion of this program will prepare the student for entering industry as an entry level diesel service technician.

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 Heavy Diesel Service Technician program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 3 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 31 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Heavy Diesel 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: $4,093.00
Books & Supplies: $900.00
(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 an entry-level diesel 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
  • and one of the following:
  • DIET1040Diesel Truck and Heavy Equipment HVAC Systems3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • DIET1050Diesel Equipment Technology Internship4 credit hours180 contact hours
  • DIET2001Heavy Equipment Hydraulics6 credit hours168 contact hours
  • DIET2011Off Road Drivelines6 credit hours163 contact hours