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2022-2023 College Catalog 
  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Diesel Service Technology Option, A.A.S. - Technical Studies


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The Diesel Service Technology program gives the students an opportunity to gain a broader knowledge and to achieve a higher skill level in Diesel Service Technology than is offered in other one-year certificate programs. There is also a general education component integrated into the program to satisfy demands for appropriate workforce skills. Upon completing the A.A.S. degree program, students have the necessary skills to become employed as entry-level Diesel Service Technicians.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Employ safety skills in an industrial maintenance facility setting.
  • Demonstrate professionalism with attitude, conduct, and ethical work practices.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and repair various Diesel systems.
  • Identify specifications related to the inspection, repair, and adjustment of Diesel systems.
  • Use various test equipment to diagnose and repair defects.
  • Apply basic electrical theory using wiring diagrams and schematics to diagnose and repair Diesel electrical circuits.
  • Explain the operation of, and perform service on, automatic and manual transmissions, axles, and differentials.
  • Analyze defects of Diesel air conditioning and climate control systems and identify necessary preventative maintenance or corrective repairs.
  • Discuss the theory of alignment, braking, suspension and steering systems, problem diagnosis and correction of braking, suspension, steering, and alignment problems

First Year


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


  • Credits: 3
  •  

  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • OR

  • DESL 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3
  •  

  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • OR

  • DESL 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3

  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • OR

  • DESL 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3
  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • OR

  • DESL 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3

Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Total Program Hours: 60


Technical Studies Core or Program Electives Courses (Recommended)


Technical Studies credits may be earned for corporate, industrial, or military training programs after review by a faculty assessor of related program. In addition to the recommended courses, individuals without sufficient technical training experience can select courses in one of the programs/options listed below to satisfy the Technical Studies and Program Elective credit requirements. All courses should be selected with assistance from a faculty advisor.

Technology General Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

Select Courses from One of the Following Programs(P)/Options(O)


(Courses must be approved by appropriate faculty advisor):

Automotive Service Technology  (P)

Business Management (P)

Computer Information Systems  (P)

Engineering Science  (O)

Machine Tool Technology  (O)

Welding Technology  (O)

Humanities/Social Science Gen Ed Requirement


Choose from the list of approved courses  listed in the College catalog.

Developmental Courses


Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

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