Students seeking training in diesel mechanics have several options at the certificate and degree level in schools throughout Florida. Programs focus on the repair and maintenance of the engines used in watercraft, heavy equipment, and transport vehicles. Some programs also offer courses in brake systems, suspension, hydraulics or marine electronics. Many programs provide the classroom hours and practical experience needed to qualify for the state exam.
This college is located in Fort Lauderdale. Students are able to learn about diesel mechanics as it relates to marine vessels through a technical certificate program in marine technology or an Associate in Applied Science in Marine Engineering Management program. Both program options include marine diesel courses. Students can also expect to take courses in marine electronics, marine electricity, and electricity.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Students can pursue a workforce certificate that provides medium/heavy-duty truck and bus technician training from Florida Coast Career Tech, which is a division of Florida State College at Jacksonville. The certificate program includes a variety of diesel mechanics courses, including diesel steering/suspension systems, diesel engine mechanic/technician, diesel brake systems and diesel engine preventative maintenance. Students are able to complete the hands-on program in approximately 15 months. This program can also prepare students to take select ASE certification exams.
Indian River State College
Indian River State College is located in Fort Pierce, which offers an Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Management Technology program. The curriculum offers an introductory elective course in diesel engines. Other required courses include vehicle maintenance, combination welding, and entrepreneurship.
Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College
Another institution offering a relevant training program is located in Miami Lakes. This program includes 1,800 hours of instruction and can also prepare students for ASE certification exams. Topics covered in the program include maintenance/repair of chassis components, maintenance/repair of diesel and gas engines and occupational safety. Upon completion of the program, students can pursue careers as fleet maintenance technicians, service managers or service writers.
Palm Beach State College
Found in Lake Worth, Palm Beach State College offers 2 certificates in diesel technology and a certificate in heavy equipment mechanics. The first diesel technology certificate program requires 1,050 hours of study and can be completed in about 12 months. The second diesel technology program takes about 6 additional months to finish, so full-time students can obtain both certificates in roughly 18 months. Course topics for the diesel technology programs include drivetrain systems, diesel engine systems, preventative maintenance inspection, and hydraulic systems. Required courses for the 1,800-hour heavy equipment mechanics program include diesel engine systems, heavy equipment steering/suspension, and diesel powertrain.
Students hoping to become diesel mechanics may be interested in finding a program that prepares them to pursue certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Certification is not required to become a diesel mechanic, but employers may prefer to hire mechanics who have ASE credentials.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Programs With Diesel Mechanics Courses Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Broward College||4-year; primarily associate's; public; midsize city|| Technical Certificate in Marine Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Marine Engineering Management
|$2,830 in-state; $8,952 out-of-state*|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large city||Medium and Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Technician Workforce Certificate||$2,878 in-state; $9,992 out-of-state*|
|Indian River State College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Management Technology||$2,764 in-state; $10,201 out-of-state*|
|Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College||2-year; public; large suburb||Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Mechanics Program||$4,858 (Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician)*|
|Palm Beach State College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large suburb|| Diesel Technology I Certificate,
Diesel Technology II Certificate,
Heavy Equipment Mechanics Certificate
|$2,444 in-state; $8,732 out-of-state*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics