Diesel Equipment Technology A.S. Degree (01200.AS)

School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Merced College is designed to meet the need for trained mechanics in all phases of the diesel equipment industry.

This program is based on “hands-on” skill development with course time divided into two segments, 30% classroom sessions and 70% working in a shop atmosphere, while under the supervision of factory trained instructors. Instructional areas include the trucking industry, bus repair, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and industrial power. Students obtain skills used throughout the entire diesel equipment field in repair and maintenance of equipment. The sequence of courses within the diesel Equipment Technology Program encompass all phases of technical training to insure the success of both experienced and graduating technicians.

Merced College has a spacious shop, equipped with the latest model agriculture equipment and vehicles currently being used in the industry. Since the right tools are essential to proper training, Merced College provides students with state-of-the-art tools required for the repair of most complex machinery. The college also maintains a large inventory of equipment and training aids to allow students maximum “hands-on” experience on both vintage as well as the most current equipment on the market.

The Associate in Science degree in Diesel Equipment Technology is available for students who meet the graduation requirements and complete the following required courses, with a minimum grade of a “C” (or P) in each course in the degree, and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Explain the basic theory of the subject matter or system for the course of instruction based on industry standards.

B. Analyze a scenario based upon an equipment system failure/problem/ complaint.

C. Employ a systematic approach to troubleshooting a system malfunction and prepare a solution.

D. Demonstrate the correct tools/supplies required to diagnose/repair a malfunction.

E. Evaluate the path of repair by testing and/or completing a work order/ report.

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Program Requirements:

Program Core: (32 Units)


AGMA-02 Agriculture Equipment


AGMA-11 Diesel Engines


AGMA-12 Equipment Mechanics Skills


AGMA-13 Power Equipment Air Conditioning


AGMA-14 Power Equipment Electrical Systems


AGMA-16 Power Trains


AGMA-17 Applied Electrical and Hydraulic Service


AGMA-18 Applied Electrical and Hydraulic Service


AGMA-19 Advanced Diagnosis and Repair


AGMA-20 Introduction to Equipment Diagnosis and Repair


AGMA-21 Truck Brake and Chassis


Total: (32)

Completion of MCCD-GE Breadth: (23 units)

Elective (as needed to reach 60 units) Units: (5 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


Bryan Tassey


(209) 384-6250

School Office

AGIT Office


(209) 381-6478

Diesel Equipment Technology Website