Diesel Technology, Associate in Applied Science



Program Code: 0400

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
PHY SCI 102General Course Physical Science3
PHY SCI 112General Course II Physical Science4
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African-American Studies (HD)
Intro to Latin American/Latino Studies (HD)
The Art and Philosophy of the African Continent (HD)
GEOG 101World Geography3
or ECON 201 Principles Of Economics I
Required Program Core
MATH 107Math For Technicians I4
330TRNS 111Introduction to Diesel Technology3
330TRNS 112Diesel Electrical Systems I3
330TRNS 113Introduction to Diesel Engine Construction3
330TRNS 114Diesel Engine Construction I3
330TRNS 115Suspension and Steering3
330TRNS 116Diesel Brakes3
330TRNS 209Diesel Electrical Systems II3
330TRNS 211Diesel Preventive Maintenance3
330TRNS 213Diesel Engine Construction II3
330TRNS 214Emission Controls3
330TRNS 215Diesel Engine Performance3
330TRNS 216Heavy Duty Drives I (Manual)3
330TRNS 217Heavy Duty Drives II (Automatic)3
330TRNS 218Heating and Air Conditioning3
330TRNS 219Hydraulic Systems4
330TRNS 220Advanced Diagnostics4
Total Hours70

At least one course must meet the Human Diversity (HD) requirement.


This is an example course sequence for students interested in Diesel Technology.  It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability.  If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate (BC), Advanced Certificate (AC) and Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Diesel Technology.  One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement.

Semester-By-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
MATH 107 Math For Technicians I 1 5
330TRNS 111 Introduction to Diesel Technology 3
330TRNS 113 Introduction to Diesel Engine Construction 3
Semester 2
330TRNS 112 Diesel Electrical Systems I 3
330TRNS 114 Diesel Engine Construction I 3
330TRNS 115 Suspension and Steering 3
Semester 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1,2 3
PHY SCI 102 General Course Physical Science 1 3
330TRNS 116 Diesel Brakes 3
330TRNS 209 Diesel Electrical Systems II 3
Semester 4
330TRNS 211 Diesel Preventive Maintenance 3
330TRNS 213 Diesel Engine Construction II 3
330TRNS 214 Emission Controls 3
Semester 5
330TRNS 215 Diesel Engine Performance 3
330TRNS 216 Heavy Duty Drives I (Manual) 3
330TRNS 218 Heating and Air Conditioning 3
Semester 6
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
330TRNS 217 Heavy Duty Drives II (Automatic) 3
330TRNS 219 Hydraulic Systems 4
330TRNS 220 Advanced Diagnostics 4
PHY SCI 112 General Course II Physical Science 4
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1,2 3
 Total Hours71

General Education course


One course must satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Job Description

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$44,403
Median 50th Percentile$63,802
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$90,538

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$21
Median 50th Percentile$31
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$44

Annual Job Openings

346 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less37.89%
A certificate39.49%
Some college21.94%
An Associate degree0.67%
A Bachelor's degree0.00%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

0.00% continue their education beyond an associate degree