The Diesel Technology Program

South High Community School

The Diesel Technology program provides students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to become a successful entry -level diesel technician. The program combines academic instruction with live “hands on” work experience to prepare the student for entry -level automotive technician positions.

Throughout the program, students will become acquainted with the following:

  • Service and Repair Brakes, (including ABS)
  • Service and Repair Steering and Suspension System
  • Perform Maintenance and Service to Power Train (Automatic and Manual Transmissions)
  • Service and Repair Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Perform Maintenance and Service to diesel engines.
  • Perform Vehicle Maintenance Services
  • Service and Repair Tires (including Road Force Balancing)
  • Service and Repair Exhaust Systems
  • Diagnose and Repair Engine Performance Systems (On-Board Diagnostic Systems)

Course Offerings

Diesel III

Course Numbers: 7402 (1.00)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Career Technology (Non 74)

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Diesel Technology III: In this course, students will continue to advance knowledge of the design and functions of diesel engines, perform routine and preventative maintenance, build, rebuild and repair all parts of automotive equipment. Students will also advance in their abilities to diagnose any mechanical, electrical breakdown or failure, troubleshoot and perform failure analysis of the components parts and systems, inspect equipment used, read precision instruments including micrometers, dial indicators, bored gauges, and when applicable use welding skills. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Diesel Technology I

Course Numbers: 7372 (1.00)(H) | 7373 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Technology (Non 74)

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Diesel Technology II - In this course, students will learn the basic design and functions of diesel engines, perform routine and preventative maintenance, build, rebuild and repair all parts of automotive equipment. In addition, students will learn to diagnose any mechanical, electrical, breakdown or failure, troubleshoot and perform failure analysis of the components parts and systems, inspect equipment used, read precision instruments including micrometers, dial indicators, bored gauges, and when applicable use welding skills. As an honor level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete independent coursework and assignments.


Diesel Technology II

Course Numbers: 7382 (1.00)(H) | 7383 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Technology (Non 74)

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Diesel Technology II - In this course, students will continue to advance knowledge of the design and functions of diesel engines, perform routine and preventative maintenance, build, rebuild and repair all parts of automotive equipment. Students will also advance in their abilities to diagnose any mechanical, electrical breakdown or failure, troubleshoot and perform failure analysis of the components parts and systems, inspect equipment used, read precision instruments including micrometers, dial indicators, bored gauges, and when applicable use welding skills. As an honor level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete independent coursework and assignments.


Grade 9

  • Automotive 1
  • Safety
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Steering systems
  • Exhaust and emissions
  • Four-stroke engine theory
  • Service techniques

Grade 10

  • Safety
  • Diesel engines
  • Design
  • Diagnostics
  • Repair strategies
  • Dissemble and reassemble engine
  • Differences between gasoline and diesel engines

Grade 11

  • Design and function of diesel engines
  • Routine maintenance
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Mechanical and electrical failures
  • Precision instruments
  • Welding skills

Grade 12

  • Safety
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Advanced repair strategies
  • Precision instruments
  • Welding skills

Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work.

Career Opportunities

  • Auto/Diesel Technician
  • Specialty Shop
  • Mechanic
  • Shop Owner
  • Fleet Manager
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Parts Counter Person
  • Retail Sales
  • Service Writer
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