Diesel Systems Technology

What is the program about?

Salt Lake Community College teaches students the general concepts of diesel systems technology.  Technicians in this field repair and maintain diesel equipment such as:

  • diesel trucks
  • construction equipment
  • mining equipment such as:  bulldozers, cranes and earth movers

Students will be trained to handle many kinds of repairs from rewiring electrical systems to major engine overhaul.  Training is provided on a variety of special tools and equipment such as:

  • power and machine tools
  • welding and flame-cutting equipment
  • jacks and hoists
  • computerized testing equipment
  • diagnostic equipment

Students learn though hands-on training using the most current and up-to-date engines and vehicles components as possible. This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, social and employability skills.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The AAS Diesel Systems Technology degree is a four-semester program and requires a minimum of 65 credit hours.

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. Contact the University Partnership for current information.  or call (801) 957-4824.

Any course offered in this program can be taken as part of the vocational/technical electives for an Associate of Science degree in General Studies.  General education and elective courses provide training in effective oral and written communication and human relations skills, opening doors for upward mobility.

Classes are offered as 5-week blocks for first and second year students.  Find out what’s on the road ahead and check out the 5-week block schedule for Fall and Spring semesters.

How much will it cost?

Tuition and fees
Tools and supplies - $3,000 (estimated)
Books and computer assisted instruction - $175

Most diesel technicians are required to buy their own hand tools.  Beginning students accumulate more tools as they gain experience.  Click here for a list of required tools.

Where will I do my training?

Training for the Diesel Systems Technology program is located at the Meadowbrook Campus.  Meadowbrook is conveniently located next to the TRAX light rail station at 3900 South.

What are the program entry requirements?

A prospective diesel technician should be in good physical condition and have above-average mechanical ability and eye-hand coordination.  Students may start this program fall or spring semester.

Currently the Diesel courses are taught during the day.

What career opportunities are available?

Jobs and employment opportunities are numerous and provide an excellent wage usually with good benefits.  Graduates find many opportunities for employment as technicians with companies that maintain and repair both on- and off-highway equipment.  Salt Lake Community College has partnered with several industry members for employment opportunities.

Central Refrigerated Service, Inc. Rush Truck Center
CR England Smith Power Products, Inc.
Geneva Rock Utah Transit Authority
Intermountain Bobcat Wheeler CAT
Quality Tire Company
Additional job opportunities can be found with SLCC Student Employment and Cooperative Education and Department of Workforce Services
Contact Us

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Building, Room 282
Tel: 801-957-4550

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