Diesel Service Technology

Rock Creek Bldg. 2, Rm. 117 | 971-722-7488 | Department Chair: Russ Dunnington

Driven by Diesel

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When Robert Stafford moved with his wife from Montana to Oregon, he worked at an auto repair shop to make a living. Stafford had been a high school dropout working in a lube shop, dreaming of furthering his education in automotive technology. “I didn’t want to change oil all my life,” he said.

Mike Davenport

Stafford, 24, enrolled in PCC’s Diesel Service Technology program to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Service Technology. And a few years after coming to Oregon, Stafford passed his experience along to more than 400 high school students at a PCC career day.

PCC’s Diesel Service Technology program provides you with the fundamental skills you need to excel in the field of diesel engines and diesel subsystems. But Stafford is only one among many students in our Diesel Service program who is driven to do great things.

Degrees and Certificates

Our program is designed to prepare you for entry-level positions in diesel service technology. Program training is broad enough to give you a background in different disciplines of the diesel service industry. In addition, the program offers several industry-upgrade courses.

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • Diesel Service Technology
  • Two Year Certificate
    • Diesel Service Technology
  • Less than One Year Certificate
    • Diesel Service Technology

See the Catalog for information regarding degree and certificate requirements.

Transfer Opportunity: Continue on to Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The PCC Diesel Tech program has an articulation agreement with Montana State University Northern. Articulation agreements make it easy for you to transition to a four-year school and complete your bachelor's degree. Our AAS degree in Diesel Service Technology articulates with MSUN as a direct articulation, which means they accept all of our credits and students can transfer straight in as a junior leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Diesel Technology. Students graduating from MSUN are highly sought after by many large diesel related companies.

You can get more information and advisor contact info at Montana State University: Diesel Technology

Industry Affiliations, Flexible Careers

Our program enjoys a variety of industry affiliations, corporate partnerships, and vast resources. Corporate manufacturers as well as local dealers and repair facilities support our program with new products, training, service literature, engines, heavy equipment, technical support and computer software. The widespread use of diesel equipment allows diesel service technicians to be able to work in a shop or in field service. As a diesel technician, you could work on a construction job, in the woods with a logging operation or at sea on a tug or fishing boat. The diesel engine is used whenever a rugged, dependable source of power is needed.

What's Next?

  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Take the college placement test.
    • all Diesel Service classes have a prerequisite of placement into RD 90 or higher, and placement into MTH 60 or higher.
  3. Complete the PCC New Student Orientation.
  4. Attend a Program Information Session.
  5. Register for classes.
  6. Pay your Bill.

Course of Study

Employment Prospects

Student Profiles

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Did You Know...

"There is a bigger demand for diesel technicians today than I’ve seen in my entire career."

Russ Dunnington, Department Chair, Diesel Service Technology


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