F. A.Q.

Why a Career in Diesel Technology?

A Diesel Technician is a very lucrative career. There are many different opportunities that are available to you that are far beyond average. You could get paid to travel the world as you maintain the engine of an ocean liner. There is such a large diversity of jobs locally, nationally, and internationally that offer well paying salaries.

What are the job opportunities?

Here is a short list of many vast opportunities that are available to a Diesel Technician:

  • Construction equipment
  • Over the road trucks
  • Oil rigs
  • Ocean liners
  • Mining equipment
  • Waste disposal
  • Marine
  • Power generation
  • Agricultural
  • Public transportation
  • Locomotive

What is the average income of a Diesel Technician?

For Bureau of Labor Statistics report from May 2014 for Bus and Truck Mechanics wages click on link below.

49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

What types of career opportunities and advancement are available to me?

Depending on what aspect of Diesel Technology you decide to get into will change what opportunities and advancements that are avaliable to you. But generally you will start as a base level technician, and depending on your skill level and ability to learn you will be able to work your way up the ladder.

Why Choose Palomar College Diesel Technology?

Palomar College offers an excellent environment to start your career.  Whether you choose the associates of science degree program or one of the certificate programs, you will receive an education that will put you on the path to a rewarding career in the field of diesel technology.  Upon completion of the program you will have skills in diesel engine maintenance, the ability to troubleshoot electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems along with a solid background in shop practices and preventative maintenance. With  all the skills you will learn, you will become a valuable asset to any company that works with diesel powered systems.  Palomar is the place to become a diesel technician and begin your career in this rewarding field.

What educational assistance is available to get me started on a career path to Diesel Technology?

Student Resources


Perkins Diesel Engine Animation



Compression Ignition Example



22,500hp Diesel Engine



Cummins Aftertreatment (SCR)



International & Bendix Advanced ABS w/ESP – Overview



Diesel Truck Drifting