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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Basic Diesel Service Technology PSAV

Basic Diesel Service Technology (5468)

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
This program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of occupations and careers found in the diesel and heavy truck industry. A combination of technical theory and practical hands-on instruction will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for entry level employment in this high wage field.

Coursework for the Basic Diesel Service Technology program prepares students for the Medium/Heavy Truck Technician ASE (National Automotive Service Excellence) certification exams in Diesel Engines (T2), Brake Systems (T4) and Electrical and Electronic Systems (T6). For more information, please refer to the ASE's website:

Program coursework content also covers:
• Shop organization
• Environmental and safety practices
• Proper use of tools and equipment
• Applied math and science
• Employability skills
• Maintenance operations and shop facilities
• Entrepreneurship

Coursework for this program covers instruction in the proper and safe use of heavy diesel service tools and diagnostic equipment. The curriculum is designed to give students a combination of classroom and lab related activities.

The Diesel Technology Program is accredited by the National Automotive Education Foundation (NATEF):

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
1. No high school diploma or GED is required.
2. Complete an Application for Admission, located at
3. Take the TABE exam if not exempt from TABE testing. To determine if you are exempt, please go to
4. Attend an information session or meet with the program advisor.

Completion Requirements
1. Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
2. Students must pass with the following minimum Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores:
Reading 9; English 9; Mathematics 9; or qualify for TABE exemption.
3. All financial responsibilities must be satisfied.

Program Length
1050 hours approximately 17 months in evening program.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Program Director:
Eligio Marquez Jr.,, (561) 868-3542

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Required Courses Clock Hours: 1,050
  Group A - Diesel Engine Mechanic/Technician Helper  
DIM0004 Introduction to Diesel Technology 150
  Group B - Diesel Electrical and Electronics Technician  
DIM0302 Electrical and Electronic Systems 1 150
DIM0303 Electrical and Electronic Systems 2 150
  Group C - Diesel Engine Technical  
DIM0014 Diesel Engine Systems 1 150
DIM0006 Diesel Engine Systems 2 150
  Group D - Diesel Brakes Technician  
DIM0007 Heavy Truck Brake Systems 1 150
DIM0008 Heavy Truck Brake Systems 2 150
Total Program Clock Hours: 1,050

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment as a Heavy/Medium Truck Technician, Fleet Technician, Bus Mechanic, Marine Diesel Technician, Heavy Equipment Repair or Parts Counterperson. Some Diesel Technicians work on heavy trucks and off-road equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, loaders, farm tractors, or combines.

Gainful Employment
For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other related information,

Career Center
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