Shop containing different Kubota tractorsOur diesel repair programs are meticulously designed for students with aspirations in the diesel repair field, offering a holistic "systems" approach that encompasses engines, power trains, hydraulics, and beyond. This approach not only imparts versatility but also prepares students to enter diverse sectors of diesel repair, spanning transportation, construction equipment, agriculture, and more. Delivered through a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on application, these programs furnish students with entry-level, industry-endorsed training in diesel service and repair, leveraging cutting-edge technologies, tools, and equipment.

Student adjusting the engine valves on a Kubota engineKey components of the curriculum include comprehensive studies in shop operations, tools and equipment utilization, engine fundamentals, electrical and electronic systems, mechanical and electronic fuel systems, auxiliary systems, power trains (covering both automatic and standard transmissions), hydraulics, engine rebuilding, cylinder head service, diagnostics and tune-up, brake systems (including air and ABS systems), steering and suspension, welding, and A/C systems (exclusively in the certificate program).

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Our Diesel Engine Mechanic and Repairer AAS degree programs supplement this technical training with additional academic courses, enriching students' educational journey. While the technical core remains consistent across both programs, students enjoy the flexibility to specialize in areas such as engine rebuilding, power trains, hydraulics, and beyond, or pursue ongoing training updates to remain abreast of industry advancements.

Student working on a Kubota engineGraduates of these programs are exceptionally prepared to pursue Medium/Heavy Truck ASE certification tests, positioning them for success in the diesel repair profession. To augment the learning experience, interactive computer-aided training is seamlessly integrated into select courses, providing students with practical experience using modern tools and technologies.


You must see a CATE Center Advisor before enrollment.

Student testing part with multimeterOur instructional staff boasts over 90 years of combined field and teaching experience, with additional qualifications including manufacturer training for Cummins, Caterpillar, and Detroit Diesel Electronic Engines, as well as Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling certification. They uphold their technical prowess through regular attendance at update seminars, participation in trade shows, and manufacturer training sessions.


The Diesel Technician Self-Paced Certificate program is exclusively offered at our central campus, while the Diesel Engine Mechanic and Repairer AAS degree program is available at central campus and various continental and international locations. For more information, see Program Options.


These are some employers that are looking for students who have completed the certificate in the Diesel program and are our advisors for the Diesel program.

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