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Introduction to Basic Diesel Mechanics

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Program Description

Prepare for an entry level job as a diesel mechanic. Diesel mechanics repair and maintain diesel engines in trucks, marine engines, power plants, and other heavy equipment using diesel power. Training is done in a working repair shop with significant hands-on training to supplement the classroom lectures.  The course covers all the basic systems of a diesel engine, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, diagnostics, record keeping, safety, use of specialized tools and shop procedures.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.

External Credential: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student -Light and Heavy Truck

Certifying Organization:  National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence; www.ase.com/Home.aspx

Career Opportunities:

Repair and maintain diesel engines in vehicle, power plant and marine equipment.

Program Length

300 hours (combined classroom and hands-on); number of weeks and start dates vary

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; minimum age of 18

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Prospective students must attend an orientation session and pass a basic math and reading assessment test.

Program Course Sequence

1. Introduction to Diesel Mechanics - Part 1: ARP 794

  • Textbook/Materials: Textbooks included

2. Introduction to Diesel Mechanics - Part 2: ARP 795

  • Textbook/Materials: Textbooks included

3. Introduction to Diesel Mechanics - Part 3: ARP 796

  • Textbook/Materials: Textbooks included

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $6450 (Tuition-$2952/Fees-$3498)
  • Textbook/Materials: N/A

Program Contact Information


Nancy Kukay   



Catonsville, BESS 100K

Administrative Assistant:         

Denise Bellamy



Catonsville, BESS 100

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant

Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)

Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Local Office of Workforce Development

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