Diesel Mechanics

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What is the program? The Diesel Mechanics Technology program is a study of engines manufactured by Caterpillar, Cummings, Detroit Diesel, International, John Deere, and other companies. These power plants are used in trucks, earth moving equipment, farm tractors, generators, locomotives, and marine applications. All vehicle systems are covered in the program including transmissions, hydraulics, electrical systems, brakes, and computer controls.
When is the program offered?
Courses are taught year round during the day to accommodate a wide range of schedules for full-time and part-time students.
What awards does the program lead to and how long does it take?
Students may earn a Certificate. Students enrolled full-time may complete a certificate in as little as three to four semesters (12 to 18 months).
What requirements do I need in order to enroll?
A student without a high school diploma or GED Certificate is eligible to enter this program. Students without a high school diploma or GED and applying for financial aid must take the Ability-to-Benefit test prior to enrolling. For information on the Ability-to-Benefit test, please call 205.391.2232.
What jobs will this program prepare me for?
Apprentice line mechanic, apprentice brake and suspension mechanic, apprentice hydraulics mechanic. Most employers prefer to hire graduates of formal training programs in diesel mechanics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05). 

Name: John Speights
Email: jspeights@sheltonstate.edu 
Phone:   205.391.2431
Office:  Martin Campus
Directions to DEM Center on the Martin Campus
The Diesel Mechanics program is located on the Martin Campus behind the main building.
Diesel mechanics is housed with the Truck Driving and Welding programs in the building below the soccer fields directly behind the Martin campus building.