Heavy Diesel Power, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

The diesel technology department at San Jacinto College is committed to teaching students this technology at industry level, while maintaining a close relationship with the diesel industry. We assist students with career options and job placement opportunities. The most important focus of this department is students and their knowledge acquisition.

The San Jacinto College diesel technology program:

  • Is committed to teaching students technology at industry level, while maintaining a close relationship with the diesel industry;
  • Teaches engine testing and repair, electrical systems, HVAC, power train, brake systems, safety, and more; and
  • Offers an associate degree program that provides students the business background needed to open doors on the corporate and management sides of the industry.

Career Opportunities

Careers in diesel technology are at an all-time high. Most of our students are hired before graduation. Many students are recruited by companies and organizations such as:

  • Cummins,
  • Stewart & Stevenson,
  • City of Houston,
  • Penske Corporation, and
  • Houston area truck dealers.

Earning Potential

Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists median salary: $49,317 per year1

Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2018

For more information, please contact 281-998-6150, x7639.


North Campus


The diesel heavy power Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree will prepare students who are Aggreko SelecTech employees for a career in the power generation field. This program only enrolls students who are current Aggreko SelecTech employees. For more information on the Aggreko SelecTech program, students may visit the Aggreko SelecTech website. 

Plan of Study

North Campus


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
DEMR 1301 Shop Safety and Procedures 3
DEMR 1306 Diesel Engine I 3
DEMR 1229 Preventative Maintenance 2
DEMR 1410 Diesel Engine Testing and Repair I 4
Second Term
DEMR 1405 Basic Electrical Systems 4
HART 1407 Refrigeration Principles 4
ELPT 1341 Motor Control 3
ELPT 1311 Basic Electrical Theory 3
Third Term
DEMR 2334 Advanced Diesel Tune-up and Troubleshooting 3
HART 1401 Basic Electricity for HVAC 4
DEMR 1413 Fuel Systems 4
ELPT 2423 Transformers 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Fourth Term
GEOL 1305 Environmental Science (lecture) 3
GEOL 1105 Environmental Science (lab) 1
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
or College Algebra
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
 Total Credits60