Diesel Systems Technician Program

Truck garage being prepared to do routine maintenance

Hands-on training supported by theory to provide qualified technicians.


The field of heavy-duty truck & bus mechanics also referred to as diesel engine mechanics is considered a high-skill, high-wage career. Our diesel engine mechanics program is nationally accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE). The program offers 1800 hours of hands-on training and theory, presenting real life experience in preparing graduates to help meet the demands in the areas of truck and bus repairs. In addition, program completers will receive assistance with job placement and financial aid, if they qualify.

Our curriculum offers a sequence of courses that provides content that is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge along with the skills needed to prepare students for further education and careers in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster. This program also provides technical skills proficiency and includes competency-based learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning, problem-solving skills, along with work attitudes, and general employability skills. This program will prepare students to understand the importance of performing proper and complete maintenance of entire vehicles. Upon completing this program, students will perform more accurate and efficient troubleshooting and diagnostics service and repairs, which is crucial to the entire industry. Both owner’s operators and major truck fleets along with all OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) shops.

The course content below includes training in communication, leadership, human relations, and employability skills as well as efficient work practices.

Career Opportunities:

  • Diesel Systems Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Service Technician
  • Marine Service Technician
  • Transit Bus Technician

Employment Outlook:

Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $24.00 hourly or $49,920 annually.

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 1800 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP ADiesel Engine Mechanic/Technician Helper
150 Hours
OCP BDiesel Electrical and Electronics Technician300 Hours
OCP CDiesel Engine Preventative Maintenance Technician150 Hours
OCP DDiesel Engine Technician300 Hours
OCP EDiesel Brakes Technician300 Hours
OCP FDiesel Heating and Air Conditioning Technician150 Hours
OCP GDiesel Steering and Suspension Technician150 Hours
OCP HDiesel Drivetrain Technician150 Hours
OCP IDiesel Hydraulics Technician150 Hours
Total Hours: 1800

Location & Schedule:

Diesel Systems Technician is available at the following school (s):

Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Monday - Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical CollegeMonday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Full time)
Monday - Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Part time)

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College
(305) 557-1100
Danielle Taylor
Jackie Benjamin
Vanessa Torres
Elizabeth Forero
Ext. 2230
Ext. 2215
Ext. 2250
Ext. 2216
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
(305) 253-9920
Mirtha Silverang
Maria Ruiz
Kathy Pearson
Irene Montoto
Ext. 2145
Ext. 2147
Ext. 2159
Ext. 2150




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