Diesel Technology

Students in the Diesel Technology Program will receive preparation in eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence using state-of-the-art equipment with master technician instructors. These areas include diesel engine, driver train, brakes, suspension and steering, electronic systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, preventive maintenance and inspection, and commercial driver training.

For more information regarding credentialing and accreditation please see the Accreditation page.

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

For more information see the Credit for Prior Learning page.

Available Degrees and Certificates with Curriculum Maps


What are the program admissions requirements?

This program has special admissions requirements. Please meet with and secure an admissions packet from Student Services staff.

Do diesel mechanics have to be licensed?

According to the Diesel Mechanic guide: "Currently, neither the United States nor any of its states mandate the licensure of diesel mechanics. Regardless, many employers often prefer to hire diesel mechanics who have obtained a certification from an accredited school, even if this is not legally required."

Those who complete the Diesel Technology program will leave the program Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified, which many employers take in to account when making hiring decisions. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a commercial driver's license (CDL) during the course of the program.

What is ASE certification, and why is it important?

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications are tests that are used to measure a technician's level of expertise. ASE certifications offer shop owners and customers proof of a technicians knowledge and ability. Having an ASE certification, as well as the program degree, improves your career opportunities!

What kind of things do students learn in the Diesel Technology program?

The Diesel Technology program provides instruction and training in over-the-road diesel technology in preparation for certification or licensure. The program ensures quality instruction by adapting to rapidly changing technological advancements and regulation changes in the diesel tech and transportation industries.  

The Diesel Technology department seeks to serve the agricultural and governmental agency sectors with testing and safety trainings. Partnering with local and regional agencies and industries, the department prepares students for successful careers nationwide.

Careers in Diesel Technology

Median Annual Salary

  • United States:
  • Oregon State:
  • Klamath  Region:

2021-2030 Employment Projection

13.6% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

Prospective Jobs

Service station attendant Auto parts salesperson Electronic equipment installer
Maintenance worker Bus and truck mechanic Mechanical engineer

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a bus/truck mechanic position. For a different employment forecast, visit the
State of Oregon Employment Department.

Contact Diesel

Nick Scala
Diesel Program Lead