Diesel Technology

Today a shortage of diesel technicians and mechanics has the potential to cripple the truck-freight industry. To help reduce the technician shortage, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are partnering with Fresno City College to offer a technician training program.  The Diesel Technology/Medium/Heavy-Duty equipment, truck and bus programs are certified by the following OEMs: Volvo/Mack Trucks, Peterbilt/Kenworth Trucks, Freightliner, Cummins Inc., CNH Industrial, and Thermo King.

This initiative provides graduates of the program a head-start going to work for a local service facility and/or dealership.  This program is designed to meet the diesel technology, parts technician, service consultant, and service technician shortages in the equipment, truck and bus dealerships, fleet shops, services and maintenance facilities.

Advanced technology vehicles including alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are a common platform for light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles. 

It is a 1200-hour program where students will train on powertrains, electrical and electronic systems, air brakes, steering/suspension, engine performance/aftertreatment/emissions, engine diagnosis/repair, chassis system and perform calibration/software updates.

Students will perform actual maintenance, service, diagnosis, and repair on vehicles in the state-of-the-art labs, using tools, and technologies that will ensure they are workforce ready and qualified for industry certifications. Students will work on medium/heavy-duty vehicles and equipment in the laboratory and at the dealerships while completing the required work experience.

The Diesel Technology programs will be certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation, and our educational partners at Fresno City College's Advanced Transportation Center (ATC) located in West Fresno.


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To learn more about the Diesel Technology program and courses, contact an Applied Technology counselor. 

Counselors are available in the Applied Technology Division Office to assist students with creating a Student Education Plan for an Automotive Collision Repair Degree or Certificate.

Courses and Information

To see recommended courses, see the Catalog.  To see upcoming scheduled classes, see the Schedule of Classes


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Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. A student will need 55 units of completion for this certificate, or a total of $2,530 in tuition costs. Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition. Review our Financial Aid videos noted above.

There are three textbooks needed for this program, that cost approximately $295 for this program.

Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)
  • Material fees ($50 per AUTOT 50-series course for the certificate, effective Spring 2021)
  • Program fee ($65 annually for e-access to the shop lab assignments)

Optional fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester, Spring 2021 will be relaxed parking on campus due to COVID)
  • Student ID card ($5)

Costs for required equipment— must be purchased prior to the start of the course:

  • 3-Ring Binder
  • Notebook Tabs
  • Non-Tinted safety glasses/goggles
  • Latex/Nitrile gloves
  • Side guards for prescription glasses (if needed)
  • Facial covering
  • #2 Pencils, pens, flash drive, and highlighters (as necessary)
  • Headphones and webcam, recommended:
    • Logitech - H390 USB Headset with Noise-Canceling Microphone - Black
    • Logitech Webcam C170 - Web camera - color - 1024 x 768 - audio - USB 2.0
  • Uniform: $50.00 - $75.00 Button Down Shirt, Sleeves, and Pants:
    • AUTOT Students = FCC Auto Technology Black with Red and Gray Accent Crew Shirts
    • MDHD = Black with Charcoal
    • Mopar CAP/Stellantis or OEM Dealership issued = student must be employed by Service Facility (Refer to Department Specs.)
    • GM ASEP Students = GM Certified Service or ACDelco PSC issued (Refer to Department Specs.)

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  • Uniform Non-Scratch Belt
  • Black shoes – steel toes and/or work boots recommended (must be gas and oil resistant; non-slip)

A student can pay in one or a combination of ways: directly using a credit card, through a grant (review our Financial Aid videos below for grant information), or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs:

The Diesel Technology certificate has the potential for entry-level employment as a skilled technician in the diesel technology service and repair industry. A potential resource for investigating jobs in the Diesel Technology field is: O*NET OnLine

Yes! The Diesel Technology certificate is stackable — the units count — toward an associate degree in Diesel Technology or can be used as undergraduate coursework toward the transferring to a 4-year institution of higher education.

Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, however, Fresno City College has a partnership with Fresno State’s Industrial Technology program, where they accept all of this coursework as electives for undergraduate work.

The Diesel Technology certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that your successful completion of this certificate can be used to apply for additional automotive-related certificates and/or the Diesel Technology associate degree.

The Diesel Technology certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that your successful completion of this certificate can be used as valuable training in conjunction with other automotive-related certificates such as Automotive Technology, Alternative Fueled Vehicles, or Zero Emission Vehicle. If cross-training is not of interest, these courses in the Diesel Technology certificate are applicable to the Diesel Technology associate degree as well as transfer potential for the Industrial Technology bachelor’s degree at Fresno State. When the student applies for a bachelor’s degree program, the 4-year institution of higher education would make the decision as to which courses are fully transferable. Consult with a college counselor in order to discuss these opportunities.

This Diesel Technology program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The Diesel Technology certificate is designed to deliver eighteen courses for a total of 55 units, over a period of 17-24 months. This equates to 15-17 units per semester and 6 units during the summer session.

The Diesel Technology prepares students to qualify for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) industry certifications.

The Diesel Technology certificate instructor(s) can assist with job placement opportunities. Each semester you will participate in Work Experience courses, AUTOT-19, for a paid or unpaid internship to build your resume and begin working in your field of study.