Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Power Technology

The Diesel Power Technology Undergraduate Certificate 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 undergraduate certificate may be completed in three 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-specific service centers and independent repair and maintenance facilities. Students in the diesel power technology program can find employment within fleet service centers, construction equipment repair, maritime and mining industries, trucking and transportation, 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 undergraduate certificate program prepares students to understand the theory and operation of various systems and components associated with the medium- and heavy-duty diesel industry. Students develop the necessary skills for overhauling diesel engines and other major components through a combination of lecture and hands on training. The program also includes courses that focus on medium- and heavy-duty drive trains, braking systems (electric, pneumatic and hydraulic), suspension, steering, electrical/electronic systems, mobile hydraulics, and heating and air conditioning systems that are related to medium- and heavy-duty applications.

Admission Requirements

  • Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate Programs.
  • Complete the following admission requirements:
    • Submit UAA Undergraduate Application for Admission for the Diesel Power Technology Undergraduate Certificate.
    • 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) 786-4500.
  • 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 undergraduate certificate.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

ADT A102Introduction to Automotive Technology3
ADT A121Basic Electrical Systems3
ADT A131Auto Electrical II3
ADT A153Medium/Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines4
ADT A155Heavy-Duty Brake Systems4
ADT A156Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Inspection3
ADT A195Automotive Practicum I3
ADT A225Mobile Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems3
ADT A268Mobile Hydraulic Systems4
ADT A269Heavy-Duty Drive Trains3
WELD A101Gas and Arc Welding4
or WELD A112 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Total Credits37

A total of 37 credits is required for the undergraduate certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and critical thinking necessary for success in the heavy-duty diesel maintenance and repair industry.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate effective employability skills, including oral and written communication skills, as required by the 2014 accreditation standards for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.