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Diesel Engine Technician

Career Studies Certificate

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Accelerate your earning power

TCC gives you the skills necessary to secure an in-demand job in the diesel service industry

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There’s a growing need for diesel technicians to maintain and repair the fleets of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment in Hampton Roads. The employment rate for diesel technicians and mechanics is predicted to rise by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Diesel Engine Technology gives you the skills necessary to secure an in-demand job in the diesel service industry as a diesel technician. Students develop the skills necessary to repair and maintain diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. This curriculum offers an in-depth background in diesel fundamentals through theory and hands-on instruction.

TCC’s Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake houses seven cutting edge automotive, diesel and marine technology training labs.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Successful completion of this program prepares you to take the H2 (for transit buses), S2 (for school buses) or T2 (for medium-heavy trucks) Diesel Engines Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

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 Engine Technology consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake. Classes may also be taken on a part-time basis.

Estimated Program Cost*:
24 credits x $181.10 per credit = $4,346.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 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 are prepared for entry or advancement in the diesel repair industry as a diesel service technician or diesel engine specialist. 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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You may be eligible for a variety of registered apprenticeship opportunities in the region

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

Earn college credit while you gain real work experience working on-the-job in a diesel repair facility

Program spotlight

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

Student success

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