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Diesel Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Demand for diesel technicians and mechanics is growing

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Employment for diesel technicians and mechanics is predicted to rise by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020. Tidewater Community College's Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology will provide you with a comprehensive set of skills that Hampton Roads employers need.

At TCC's Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, ASE Certified instructors ensure that students get the training they need on engines, hydraulics, electronics, suspensions, brake systems and engine rebuilding. 

Our core courses help you build a strong foundation in diesel technology, and our two specializations allow you to focus on the specific skills, tools and knowledge valued by employers:

Certify your skills

Graduates are prepared to take the Virginia State Vehicle Safety Inspection License examinations, the Refrigerant/Recovery License exam and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) examinations in all seven areas offered, including:

  • diesel engines
  • drive train
  • brakes, suspension and steering
  • electrical/electronic systems
  • heating and air conditioning
  • preventive maintenance inspection


The Diesel Marine Technician Career Studies Certificate prepares students to take the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certification exams. Manufacturer certifications from Volvo Penta are also available through the program.

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's diesel technology associate degree consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part-time. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
65-66 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,047.75 - $12,233.10 (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 uniform shirt. 

Where can you go?

The diesel technology program is designed to prepare you for employment in various industries as a service, maintenance or repair technician.

Diesel service technicians can work for truck repair facilities, truck companies, local government fleets, agricultural and construction equipment dealers, marinas and engine repair facilities.

Students may pursue additional credentials through Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • enjoy problem-solving 
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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

Learn from faculty experts at the Regional Automotive Center, the area’s only high-tech facility for today’s automotive professional

Students have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA district and state marine technology competitions


Find career opportunities and economic rewards in diesel technology

Program spotlight

“Students are getting great real-world experience and we’re getting a rebuilt engine on a pretty speedy timetable.” – Mike Glaeser, TCC diesel instructor