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Industrial Diesel Technology AAS Degree

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The industrial diesel technology program at Lone Star College-North Harris has been designed by experts in the field and includes a combination of technical knowledge and hands-on skills. The curriculum covers a broad range of topics such as hydraulic systems, computer diagnostic systems, and electrical troubleshooting skills. Graduates are prepared to enter the field as field service maintenance technicians, mechanics, and managers. Students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester.

The field of diesel technology is experiencing rapid growth as construction and oil extraction technologies evolve. Diesel technology is the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of large industrial diesel engines. Such engines may be used to power machines such as trains, large ships, electrical power generators, oilfield equipment, and heavy construction equipment.

Due to a continuing shortage of qualified technicians, job opportunities abound in the diesel technology industry. The diesel technology field is a rewarding career field with a variety of employment opportunities. If you are good with your hands and have a natural curiosity for how machines work, this field is for you.

Licensure – Employment in this field requires federal licensure from the Environmental Protection Agency License # 608.

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Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Industrial Diesel Technology Certificate Level I and Industrial Diesel Technology Certificate Level II programs may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 20 Credits
DEMR 1301 Shop Safety and Procedures 3
DEMR 1305 Basic Electrical Systems 3
DEMR 1306 Diesel Engine I 3
DEMR 1310 Diesel Engine Testing and Repair I 3
DEMR 1313 Fuel Systems 3
DEMR 1229 Preventative Maintenance 2
EDUC 1300  Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 9 Credits
DEMR 1316 Basic Hydraulics 3
DEMR 1349 Diesel Engine II 3
DEMR 2332 Electronic Controls 3
Third Semester Courses 15 Credits
DEMR 1317 Basic Brake Systems 3
DEMR 1321 Power Train I  3
DEMR 1323 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition Troubleshooting and Repair 3
DEMR 2312 Diesel Engine Testing and Repair II 3
DEMR 2334 Advanced Diesel Tune-Up and Troubleshooting 3
Fourth Semester Courses 13 Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I  3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Wellness-or-Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course 1
Elective Creative Arts or Language, Philosophy, & Culture1 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Science1 3
Fifth Semester Courses 3 Credits
DEMR 2381 Cooperative Education - Diesel Mechanics Technology2 3
Industrial Diesel Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $44,9901
Hourly wage: $21.631

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Diesel Mechanic2
  • Diesel Technician2
  • Service Technician2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

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