Diesel Service Technology

Rock Creek Bldg. 2, Rm. 117 | 971-722-7488 | Department Chair: Russ Dunnington
Program Advisor: Larisa Fedorkova-Felty, book advising appointment

Driven by Diesel

Isaiah Horton

Isaiah Horton

I was half way through the Automotive Program at PCC when I thought to myself 'I'd better not stop here'. Isaiah Horton decided to continue his studies at PCC and complete the Diesel program after finishing automotive school to give himself a broader range of career options.

I had started automotive school because I loved cars and had enjoyed working on them, but I didn't want to be limited to the automotive field, so after I finished I signed up for the diesel program... it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned great skills from my instructors at PCC, and I excelled in the program. At the end of my last term, I accepted a job building prototype trucks for a large diesel truck manufacturer. I am grateful for the skills I learned at PCC that I use everyday building preproduction diesel trucks and installing prototype systems for testing.

Isaiah is one of many Diesel program graduates who continue to excel in the industry. Our graduates find work as technicians quickly – sometimes before they graduate – and usually have several offers to choose from.

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.

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 or Centralia College: 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.