Diesel Tech Student

Diesel Technology

Certificate Continuing Ed Technical Degree

Want to take care of the big trucks or power generators? Learn how to repair and maintain diesel engines, especially those in over-the-road, heavy-duty diesel trucks. Our diesel technology program gives you industry-level training so you can put your career in gear.

Program at a Glance

Career Opportunities

With a degree or certificate in diesel technology, you can find a career as a:

  • Bus & Truck Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Specialist

Earning Potential

Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists: $51,240 per year

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.

Locations

DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Diesel, Continuing Education Courses

Continuing Ed
Some of the biggest transporters of goods and services run on diesel, and just like regular engines, need mechanics to keep them on the road. Get your head start in the diesel industry with our continuing education courses in Diesel Engine I & II, Preventative Maintenance, and Electronic Control. Develop new skills to help keep our big rigs running right. 
Length Varies
The Continuing Education Division at San Jac offers you a variety of noncredit courses for workforce training and lifelong learning.

Heavy Diesel Equipment/Crane Technician, AAS

Technical Degree
The Heavy Diesel Equipment/Crane Technology AAS is perfect for those who want a stable career along with a chance to problem solve and perform as part of a team. This high demand field may be especially satisfying and provide upward mobility.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.

Heavy Diesel Equipment/Crane Technician, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Heavy Diesel Equipment/Crane Technology Level 2 Certificate will prepare students for a career in the repair and maintenance of diesel engines and the electrical components of off-road heavy equipment, cranes, forklifts, and other various equipment. Topics of study will focus on the knowledge and technical skills students need to obtain entry-level employment.
Length 1.5 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this program in four terms.

Heavy Diesel Power AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. In this program, you will gain necessary skills for a career in the power generation field.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.

Heavy Diesel Power, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. This program will provide necessary skills for a career in the power generation field.
Length 1.5 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 41 credits for this certificate in three terms.

Heavy Diesel Truck AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career in the repair and maintenance of diesel engines with a focus on engines for over-the-road heavy duty diesel trucks. You’ll cover essential topics such as repair and maintenance, transmissions, fuel systems, brakes, and differentials, as well as industry soft skills. 
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.

Heavy Diesel Truck Trainee, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. For dual credit and early college high school students, this certificate program focuses on the technical training to enter the diesel technology field.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 29 credits for this certificate in four terms.

Heavy Diesel Truck, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. With a focus on technical training, you’ll gain the skills required for the field of diesel technology in the repair and maintenance of over-the-road, heavy-duty diesel trucks.
Length 1.5 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 42 credits for this certificate in three terms.
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Accelerate your career

With strong ties to the Port of Houston and the greater Gulf Coast petrochemical industry, Texas hires more diesel technicians than any other state. Our students are prepared with real-world skills for high-demand careers, which is why most students are hired before they even graduate.
Jean Hoelewyn
Someone from Silver Eagle found my credentials online and asked if I was interested in interviewing for the position. I was able to see the facilities and they gave me a great offer. Later I found out I was the first female diesel technician in the company’s history.”
Jean Hoelewyn
Diesel Tech Alumnus

From Campus to Career

 

Where You’ll Work

Many students are recruited by companies and organizations such as:

  • Cummins
  • Stewart & Stevenson
  • City of Houston
  • Penske Corporation
  • Houston area truck dealers

Why Choose San Jac 

The San Jacinto College Diesel Technology program teaches industry-level technology, including engine testing and repair, electrical systems, HVAC, power train, brake systems, safety, and more. The program also offers an associate degree program that prepares students for corporate and management positions in the industry.

Contact the Diesel Tech Department

We’re here to answer any questions and help you find out which diesel technology program is right for you.
Durrell Dickens
Dept Chair, Industrial Tech
Phone
(281) 998-6150x7346