SLCC General Catalog

Diesel Systems Technology AAS (Appr.)

CTE Associate Of Applied Science (AAS)
63 credits minimum

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Program Description

The DSTA program is designed for training Mechanics in both installation and service work. Apprentices in the DSTA program have the opportunity to learn techniques required to install new equipment as well as skills and knowledge to repair and troubleshoot existing equipment. The program is designed with related theory and hands-on application for maximum benefit for the student. This is a four-year program requiring 8,000 hours of on-the-job-training as well as 576 minimum hours of related instruction. Most sponsors of this program are also registering with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for certification.

Note: The Diesel Systems Technology program is industry specific with classes being offered on an as-needed basis. Please consult the semester class schedule for the courses being offered or contact the Apprenticeship Office.

The College provides classroom-related and supplemental instruction for apprenticeship programs.   Classes are held in the days, evenings, and Saturdays, depending on the program.  The College neither provides on-the-job training nor acts as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals must locate their own sponsors. For individual industry-sponsored programs, students should contact their employers’ training director or the Apprenticeship Office.

The Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship is the federal registering agency for all Utah programs.  For National credentials, students and sponsors need to be registered with the Federal Office of Apprenticeship, 125 South State Street, Suite 2412, Salt Lake City, UT 84138. Sponsors are encouraged to be registered with the Office of Apprenticeship. 

Career Opportunities

Apprenticeship students are expected to be employed while participating in related training course work.

Transfer/Articulation Information

Students who earn an AAS degree in Diesel Systems Technology have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Program Entry Requirements

All entering students must demonstrate competence for placement into MATH 0990 by scoring a minimum of 75 on the arithmetic portion and 40-53 on the algebra portion of the mathematics College Placement Test, or provide a transcript showing a grade of C or higher in MATH 0920 or MATH 0950 or completing APPR 1470 (Math for the Trades) with a grade of C or higher before registering for the carpentry independent program.

Note: Apprenticeship programs are not eligible for financial aid.

Estimated Time to Completion

Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts:

  1. on-the-job training is provided by a sponsor who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all phases of a particular craft;
  2. classroom-related instruction is designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of theoretical and technical aspects of their craft. Total completion of an apprenticeship program will take up to five years, depending upon the craft.
Note: DSTA students may still be short credit hours after having completed the major course requirements and general education requirements. If so, additional credit hours from one of the distribution areas will be necessary to meet the 63 credit hour minimum for the AAS degree.
Sample Schedule

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

APPR 1470 (QS) *  5 DSTA 1100 2 DSTA 1120  2
DSTA 1111 4 DSTA 1121 4

Total

0-5

Total

6

Total

6

* If CPT score not adequate, students should complete the following course to begin the program in the fall; The course is required for an AAS degree.

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ENGL 1010

3

DSTA 1130

2 DSTA 1200 

2 

CM 3 DSTA 1131 4 DSTA 1211 4

Total

6

Total

6

Total

6

Summer Semester*

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

HR

2-3

DSTA 1220

2 DSTA 1230 2

Distribution

6

DSTA 1221

4 DSTA 1231

4

Total

8-9

Total

6

Total

6

Summer Semester*

Distribution 6

Total

6


Advising Notes

The math prerequisite does not fulfill any of the apprenticeship hours required. Classes are to be taken in the sequence in which they are given.  A student must pass each class with a C or higher grade to move on to the next level. All major DSTA course requirements must be taken to complete the apprenticeship curriculum.

Failure to complete the necessary course work or to register in a timely manner for each class will add one full year to the apprentice’s program.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the Apprenticeship program advisor prior to starting this program. The program advisor may be reached at 801-957-4550.

*It is recommended to those students seeking the AAS degree to complete the general education requirements in the summer semesters or the year following completion of all the Apprenticeship core courses.

Additional Program Note

A Certificate in Diesel Systems Technology is also available.  For more information about this certificate, contact the Apprenticeship Office

Department Contact Info

Apprenticeship Division

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Building (CT) 226

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4066

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Building (CT) 282
801-957-4550

Program Faculty
Generally, Apprenticeship faculty members are chosen from journeymen who are working in the field with a minimum of six years’ experience. All instructors are hired as adjunct on a semester-by-semester basis.