Diesel Mechanics Diploma

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Are you passionate about diesel engines and eager to start a career as a skilled diesel mechanic? Iowa Western Community College’s Diesel Mechanics Diploma program provides the hands-on training and technical expertise you need to excel in maintaining over-the-road diesel trucks.

Our comprehensive diploma program combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, preparing you to become an entry-level diesel mechanic. You will learn from industry experts and gain proficiency in diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining diesel engines and related systems.

Students who complete this diploma will earn credit toward completion of the Diesel Technology, A.A.S. degree. 

Job Outlook

1,273 Jobs (2020

-0.2% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

Graduates of a Diesel Mechanics Diploma program are prepared for various roles in the diesel engine maintenance and repair field. This program trains students with basic diesel skills and prepares them to enter the job market in many diesel related fields.


  • Entry: $18.48
  • Average: $24.67
  • Experienced: $27.76

Career Examples

  •  Diesel Mechanics
  •  Diesel Technicians
  •  Maintenance Mechanics
  •  Fleet Maintenance Technicians
  •  Truck Technicians
  •  Body Shop Estimators
  •  Equipment Technicians
  • Shop Mechanics
  • Field Service Technicians
  • Specialized Technicians
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Parts and Service Managers
  • Technical Trainer or Instructors

First Semester

DSL 324 - Introduction to Diesel 4.0 Credit(s)
DSL 144 - Electrical Systems 4.0 Credit(s)
DSL 846 - Diesel Lab I 2 6.0 Credit(s)
MAT 772 - Applied Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 17.0 Credits

Second Semester

DSL 654 - Hydraulic/Air Brakes 4.0 Credit(s)
DSL 674 - Chassis/Driveline 4.0 Credit(s)
DSL 856 - Diesel Lab II 2 6.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 17.0 Credits


DSL 742 - Air Conditioning/Refrigeration 2.0 Credit(s)
DSL 829 - Preventative Maintenance 2.0 Credit(s)
DSL 863 - Diesel Lab III 2 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 7 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 41


1May substitute MAT 102 or higher.
2Students must complete 15 semester credit hours of laboratory courses.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Use electrical and electronic terminology.
  • Explain engine components and systems using proper terminology.
  • Identify hydraulic and pneumatic system components.

Program Disclaimers

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