Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Power Technology

The AAS in Diesel Power Technology is designed to teach students the skills needed to be successful as technicians in the medium- and heavy-duty truck and equipment service industry. The AAS may be completed in four semesters, which includes one summer semester of practicum. Laboratory experiences are performed on equipment and components currently used in the heavy-duty transportation, construction and power generation industries.

Career opportunities for graduates include manufacturer and independent repair and maintenance shops, fleets, construction, mining, aviation ground support, and the seafood processing industry. Employers require technicians to be drug free and physically fit, and to have a current vehicle operator’s license with a good driving record. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.

This AAS program prepares students to understand the theory of, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, as well as medium- and heavy-duty drive trains, pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems, suspension steering, electrical/electronic systems, and heating and air conditioning systems on medium- and heavy-duty vehicle applications.

Admission Requirements

  • Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
  • Complete the following admission requirements:
    • Submit UAA Undergraduate Application for Admission for the Diesel Power Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree.
    • Document placement at the MATH A055 entry level or higher and at the WRTG A090 entry level or higher. For testing schedule, contact Testing Center at (907) 786-4525.
  • Demonstrate computer competency using one of the following methods:
    • A course in computers (see faculty advisor for approved courses).
    • Documented work experience verifying computer competency as approved by the faculty advisor.
    • Demonstrated competency in computers as approved by the faculty advisor.


Students will consult the ADT faculty for assistance in curriculum planning toward the degree.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

ADT A102Introduction to Automotive Technology3
ADT A121Basic Electrical Systems3
ADT A131Auto Electrical II3
ADT A152Heavy-Duty Suspension and Steering4
ADT A153Medium/Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines4
ADT A155Heavy-Duty Brake Systems4
ADT A156Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Inspection3
ADT A195Automotive Practicum I3
or ADT A295 Automotive Practicum II
ADT A225Mobile Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems3
ADT A227Auto Electrical III3
ADT A267Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Performance4
ADT A268Mobile Hydraulic Systems4
ADT A269Heavy-Duty Drive Trains3
WELD A101Gas and Arc Welding3
or WELD A112 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Total Credits47

A total of 63 credits is required for the AAS degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations within the domain.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.

  • Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.

  • Request, collect, summarize, evaluate, and apply oral and written information gathered from technical (e.g. schematics, technical bulletins, and service information) and nontechnical (e.g. customer oral and written reports) sources regarding symptoms and potential diagnostic and repair strategies for diesel powered equipment.  

  • Apply knowledge gained from previous education and experience to problem solving to aid in diagnosis and repair for the immediate situation.

  • Demonstrate effective employability skills, including oral and written communication skills, as required by the 2014 accreditation standards for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and critical thinking necessary for success in the heavy-duty maintenance and repair industry.