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Heavy Duty Diesel Service Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Program Overview

Learn the fundamentals of the operation and preventive maintenance of heavy duty diesel systems. With hands-on training that covers a variety of diesel powered vehicles, engines and power systems, you can get a degree in heavy duty diesel service technology.

Earning Potential

There is growing demand in the field of heavy duty diesel. Within the next 10 years, it is expected to increase by 14% and has grown over 2% in the last 2 years.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $44,163 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Diesel Engine Specialist
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Transportation Vehicle Specialist
  • Rail Yard Worker
  • Auto Student
    State-of-the-art technology

    Hands-on training and technology are important. That's why we have the best diesel training equipment possible. You will be able to use this equipment to discover the systems of a diesel. 

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About Delta's Program

The Delta College Heavy Duty Diesel (HDD) program includes a certification exam from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The HDD ASE exam provides an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of heavy duty diesel service at a master service technician level. Many employers require this ASE certification credential when hiring HDD technicians.

Additional important program features:

  • Wide variety of hands-on educational settings, offering face-to-face and online classes
  • Cost savings
  • Study close to home on Delta College's main campus
  • Access to all Delta College resources in academics, financial aid, career services and student life

Why you should choose Delta


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio
With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.
80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.

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"We have advisory members telling us all the time that they cannot find enough heavy diesel technicians."

Jim Miller, Coordinator for Automotive and Heavy Duty Diesel Programs