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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Diesel Service Technology PSAV

Diesel Service Technology  (5457A)

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 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), Electrical and Electronic Systems (T6), Drive Train (T3), Suspension and Steering (T5), Heating Ventilation and A/C (T7) and Preventive Maintenance and Inspection (T8). For further 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. Send request for official high school transcripts, GED, or validated foreign equivalent to the Admissions Office.
5. Attend a program informational session or meet with the program advisor.

Completion Requirements
1. Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
2. All financial responsibilities must be satisfied.

Program Length
1800 hours or approximately a 1 1/2 years.

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: 1800
  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 Preventive Maintenance Technician  
DIM0103 Preventive Maintenance Inspection 150
  Group D - Diesel Engine Technician  
DIM0014 Diesel Engine Systems 1 150
DIM0006 Diesel Engine Systems 2 150
  Group E - Diesel Brake Technician  
DIM0007 Heavy Truck Brake Systems 1 150
DIM0008 Heavy Truck Brake Systems 2 150
  Group F - Diesel Heating and Air Conditioning Technician  
DIM0610 Heating and Air Conditioning 150
  Group G - Diesel Steering and Suspension Technician  
DIM0500 Truck Steering and Suspension 150
  Group H - Diesel Drivetrain Technician  
DIM0201 Drive Train Systems 150
  Group I - Diesel Hydraulics Technician  
DIM0106 Hydraulic Systems 150
Total Program Clock Hours: 1800

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Upon completion of this program, students 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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