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About the Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program

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How to Get Started

To get started in the Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment program, complete the admissions process at Cedar Valley College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of the requirements at the college awarding the degree.


Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that is $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following:

This degree can be completed by a full-time student in one calendar year (a fall, spring and summer semester), but may take longer if you are also working.

Automotive Technology and Diesel and Heavy Equipment

Many of our students also choose to earn an associate degree in Automotive Technology. Since course requirements overlap, you’re able to put together a custom-designed set of training skills for the job you want.

Enroll in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program today — and start toward a successful career as a diesel service technician.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

Related Programs

Not sure exactly what you want to study? Check out all of our technical/mechanical programs.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

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Developing Skills for Success

All of Cedar Valley’s automotive programs are located in our state-of-the-art Industrial Technology Building. The building also houses our Engine Technology and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology programs.

Up to 75 percent of course work in our automotive programs is hands-on training in the lab, with the rest conducted in our adjoining classrooms.

Not only does each classroom have its own small lab, but we also have two large labs featuring the latest diagnostic and repair equipment. Our labs include:

  • Brake lathes
  • Cleaning vats
  • Lifts and special machinery
  • Vehicle hoists

Specialty Educational Opportunities

Our dual credit program offers qualified high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements — tuition-free!

A dual credit agreement is in place between our automotive programs and two area high schools, Cedar Hill and Lancaster high schools. High school students can receive up to 12 college credit hours that can transfer seamlessly into our automotive programs at Cedar Valley College.

Contract training can also be customized for any group, with specialized training and hours in our automotive programs. Contact the program coordinator to set up contract training for your group, either for college credit or for noncredit Continuing Educational Units (CEUs).

Faculty Profiles

Our Diesel and Heavy Equipment faculty members have advanced training and real-world experience in the industry, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Diesel and Heavy Equipment faculty.

Transfer Information

Diesel and Heavy Equipment courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce.

However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972 as an independent, nonprofit national institute offering professional certifications to help consumers identify competent mechanics. About 400,000 professionals hold ASE certifications, working in every segment of the automotive service industry, including car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises and more.

    Prospective candidates register for and take one or more of ASE’s more than 40 exams. Tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians, parts specialists, auto service consultants and collision damage estimators. Upon passing at least one exam and after providing proof of two years of relevant work experience, the test taker becomes ASE-certified. To remain certified, those with ASE credentials must be retested every five years.
  • Diesel Maintenance at gives a general overview of the processes involved in maintaining diesel engines.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.