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Diesel Technology


Program Overview

The Bridging Communities Diesel Technology program is recommended for students interested in employment in the automotive diesel repair industry, as well as students interested in community college diesel programs. This two-year dual enrollment program provides students with the opportunity to earn six high school credits and 28 college credits from Reynolds Community College. Students will learn shop procedures, diesel truck electrical systems, power trains, hydraulics and pneumatics, air brakes, fuel systems, and diesel engine reconditioning. Students participate in SkillsUSA and will have the opportunity to earn industry credentials.

Graduates in the diesel technology fields can expect a salary range from $35,000 to $62,000, depending on experience.

Year 1 of Diesel Technology - 11th Grade

The junior year program introduces students to Shop and Safety procedures, electrical systems, hydraulics & pneumatics, and suspension & power trains. Students will earn three high school credits and 15 college credits upon successful completion.

High School Course: 

    8613 Diesel Equipment Technology I

College Courses: 

  • MEC 175 - Fundamental Shop Procedures 
  • DSL 143 - Diesel Truck Electrical Systems 
  • DSL 150 - Mobile Hydraulics & Pneumatics 
  • DSL 152 - Diesel Power Trains, Chassis, & Suspension
  • WEL 120 - Fundamentals of Welding


    Complete English & Math VCCS placement tests
    Enroll in Rappahannock Community College
    Students must alos have successfully passed or be currently enrolled in Geometry

VCCS Requirements: 

    Place into ENF 3 on the English Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
    Pass Algebra I or place in MTE 1 on the VPT

Year 2 of Diesel Technology - 12th Grade

The senior year program prepares students in the areas of diesel engine reconditioning, tune-ups, fuel systems, air brake systems, and power trains. Students will earn three high school credits and 15 college credits. After graduation, students will be able to complete this program at Reynolds Community College in less than one year.

High School Course: 

    8614 Diesel Equipment Technology II

College Courses: 

  • DSL 126 - Diesel Engine Reconditioning
  • DSL 131 - Diesel Fuel Systems & Tune-Up
  • DSL 160 - Air Brakes Systems
  • DSL 176 - Transportation Air Conditioning


    Successful completion of Diesel Technology I