Transportation, Distribution and Logistics


The Diesel program gives students the skills to perform basic service and maintenance on a wide variety of trucks and buses. {As our supply chain becomes increasingly sophisticated, technicians in the diesel industry continue to be in high demand, both locally and nationally.} In this program, students learn about preventative maintenance, inspections, regulations, and documentation of services. While in the shop, students gain hands-on experience in electrical, brake, steering, hydraulics and ventilation system diagnosis. They also have many opportunities to problem solve and fix system malfunctions. The hours completed in this program are aligned with ASE/NATEF standards, and students will have an opportunity to earn industry recognized ASE certifications.


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Secondary Student


Post-secondary Student

In-district: $2.50 per hour

Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour

Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (525 hours)

Diesel Engines
Drive Train
Suspension and Steering
Electrical / Electronic Systems

Estimated time to complete: 10 months

Student Organization



8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Bus Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Technician, Fleet Mechanic, General Repair Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Technician, Trailer Mechanic, Transit Mechanic, Truck Mechanic – Approximate Pay Potential: $13-30/Hour (O*NET source: 49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists):

Jeff McCathern

Jeff McCathern

Diesel Instructor


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Student:
Medium Heavy Truck (MHT):
Suspension & Steering
✅ Brakes
✅ Diesel Engines
✅ Electrical/Electronics
Inspection Maintenance and Minor Repair

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.


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