Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Diesel Technology AAS program is designed to equip students with the skills they need by clearly identifying the learning outcomes that are developed through Oregon skill sets and national certification requirements. Students will receive preparation in eight areas of Automotive Service of Excellence. These areas include diesel engine, drive train, brakes, suspensions and steering, electronic systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, preventive maintenance and inspection, and gasoline engines. Students will perform computations for engine displacement, gear ratios, electrical circuits, power output, and vehicle alignment.
Class instruction will incorporate employability skills, such as proper professional attire, customer and team relations, safe work practices, and the use of precision diagnostic tools. The instruction will place the student in a learning community that will provide them the experiences to achieve academic, technical, and career-related skills. Each student will learn to use deductive reasoning in order to apply general rules to specific problems and produce conclusions through lab-simulated work conditions.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- Use computerized and printed materials to access topics related to the automotive service and repair procedures.
- Perform computations for, but not limited to, gear ratios, cubic inch displacement, electrical circuits, alignment angles as well as conversion between U.S. and metric measuring systems.
- Use precision measuring tools and equipment to measure (not limited to, but including) camshaft and crankshaft journals.
- Use advanced diagnostic equipment to effectively diagnosis and repair vehicles.
- Apply industry safety standards by wearing the approved uniform and safety toed boots everyday while attending class and wearing safety glasses at all times while working in the lab.
- Summarize the test standards and information in order to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) tests.
- Demonstrate effective written communication skills by creating a resume and cover letter.
The Diesel Technology AAS degree program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits. The first step to entering this program is to take the college’s free placement test and meet with KCC Student Services staff. Placement tests can be scheduled by calling the KCC Testing Center at (541) 880-2334. There are entry-level expectations for skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. If students have questions about the requirements, they may call Jeff Rush at (541) 880-2326 or (541) 880-2212. Failure to complete the placement test will delay entry into the program.
For admission to the program, an application is required. This is a separate step from the testing and assessment steps. Diesel Technology Program application packets are available at the front desk in Building 3.