Get Started in the Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.


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Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for:

Automotive Technology and Diesel and Heavy Equipment

Many students also choose to earn an associate degree in Automotive Technology. Since course requirements overlap, you’re able to put together a custom-designed set of training skills for the job you want.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Check out other technical/mechanical programs

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

All of Cedar Valley’s automotive programs are located in the Industrial Technology Building, which also houses our Engine Technology and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology programs.

Up to 75% of course work in our automotive programs is hands-on training in the lab, with the rest conducted in our adjoining classrooms.

Not only does each classroom have its own small lab, but we also have two large labs featuring the latest diagnostic and repair equipment. Our labs include:

  • Brake lathes
  • Cleaning vats
  • Lifts and special machinery
  • Vehicle hoists

Specialty Educational Opportunities

Our dual credit program offers qualified high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements — tuition-free.

A dual credit agreement is in place between our automotive programs and two area high schools, Cedar Hill and Lancaster high schools. High school students can receive up to 12 college credit hours that can transfer seamlessly into our automotive programs at Cedar Valley College.

Contract training can also be customized for any group, with specialized training and hours in our automotive programs. Contact the program coordinator to set up contract training for your group, either for college credit or for noncredit Continuing Educational Units (CEUs).

Faculty Profiles

Diesel and Heavy Equipment faculty members have advanced training and industry experience, so they can relate to the challenges you'll face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Diesel and Heavy Equipment faculty.

Transfer Information

Diesel and Heavy Equipment courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972 as an independent, nonprofit national institute offering professional certifications to help consumers identify competent mechanics. About 400,000 professionals hold ASE certifications, working in every segment of the automotive service industry.
  • Diesel Maintenance at gives a general overview of the processes involved in maintaining diesel engines.