Heavy Diesel Truck Trainee, Certificate of Technology

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: $51,240 per year1

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x7639.


North Campus


The Heavy Diesel Truck Trainee Certificate of Technology focuses on the technical training required to enter the field of diesel technology in the repair and maintenance of over-the-road, heavy-duty diesel trucks. Topics of study will focus on the knowledge and technological skills students need to obtain entry-level employment. This certificate is currently only offered to dual credit and Early College High School students to meet the unique needs of these dual-enrollment students. Students interested in a Certificate of Technology in Heavy Diesel Truck may reference the Heavy Diesel Truck Certificate of Technology.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
DEMR 1301 Shop Safety and Procedures 3
DEMR 1306 Diesel Engine I 3
Second Term
DEMR 1405 Basic Electrical Systems 4
DEMR 1410 Diesel Engine Testing and Repair I 4
Third Term
DEMR 1413 Fuel Systems 4
DEMR 2432 Electronic Controls 4
Fourth Term
DEMR 1423 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Troubleshooting and Repair 4
DEMR 1317 Basic Brake Systems 3
 Total Credits29