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Diesel Medium/Heavy Truck Service Technician

Career Studies Certificate

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Harness the power of a certificate in truck service

Hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art lab will build your expertise

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The demand for diesel technicians and mechanics is predicted to rise by 15 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Diesel Medium/Heavy Truck Service Technology prepares you to perform preventive maintenance inspections, service air brakes, suspensions and hydraulic components.

Training in TCC’s Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program blends classroom theory, lab demonstrations and real-life skill development to prepare you for a career as a technician in the medium/heavy truck repair industry.

Hands-on experience through paid internships and the state-of-the-art lab will build your expertise in electrical and electronic systems, steering and suspension, air and hydraulic ABS brake systems and vehicle maintenance.

At TCC's Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, you'll perform basic diesel engine troubleshooting on both mechanical and electronic components. You’ll also learn how to perform vehicle alignments, steering and suspension service and repair, brake service and repair and preventive maintenance procedures on medium and heavy duty trucks.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Graduates are prepared to take the Virginia State Vehicle Safety Inspection License examinations and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in T4 (brakes), T5 (suspension and steering), T6 (electrical/electronic systems), and T8 (preventative maintenance inspection).

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Diesel Medium/Heavy Truck Service Technician consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake.

If you can't attend full time, you may take classes on a part-time basis.

Estimated Program Cost*:
27 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,004.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own personal protection equipment, including steel-toed work shoes and safety glasses. Students are also required to obtain a TCC diesel technology uniform shirt. 

Where can you go?

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level employment in the truck service and repair industry. You can also apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • are mechanically inclined
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • are looking for a job with flexible hours
  • enjoy problem-solving 
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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You may be eligible for a variety of registered apprenticeship opportunities in the region

TCC’s Regional Automotive Center houses 7 cutting edge automotive, diesel and marine technology training labs

Students have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA marine technology competitions


Prepare for employment in the diesel industry as a service, maintenance, or repair technician


Lamar Gibson started out with cars - from there his love of mechanics took off