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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
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Diesel Service Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Diesel Service TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

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Diesel Service Technicians inspect, maintain, repair and overhaul buses, trucks, and other vehicles with a diesel engine, Their work is varied: they may work on a vehicle’s electrical system, make major engine repairs, or do routine maintenance. Continuing advances in diesel technologies to improve performance have made it essential to have up-to-date training and skills.

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Career Facts

$42,320

Median salary for Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

9%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$60,250

Median salary for Supervisors, Mechanics & Repairers

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Overview

Baker’s Diesel Service Technology - Associate Degree program combines classroom work with as much lab and hands-on shop work as possible in a state-of-the-art facility that is fully equipped with the latest tools and equipment.

In addition to your core classes in engine theory, operating principles, and diagnosis and repair, you’ll study business fundamentals, and have the opportunity to specialize in specific vehicle systems and technologies that you choose.

Upon graduation, you’ll not only be fully prepared for multiple certification tests required by the state of Michigan; you’ll be ready for an entry level position and have business skills that build your salary and your career.

The Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan at Baker College of Owasso is the only college in Michigan with Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for Diesel Service Technology.

Course Information
Diesel Service Technology Major Requirements70 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
DSL 100A
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4 Quarter Hours

See Technical Electives List - Diesel Service Technology Electives.

Diesel Service Technology Elective4
DSL 100B
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4 Quarter Hours

See Technical Electives List - Diesel Service Technology Electives.

Diesel Service Technology Elective4
DSL 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Deals with the theory of operation for the diesel engine. Fuel, compression, and other systems are discussed. Major components of each are examined as background to viewing the engine as a system. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Corequisite(s):
DSL 106.
Diesel Engine Theory4
DSL 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of diesel repair, the diesel repair facility, tools and safety procedures required within the diesel courses as well as in diesel repair centers. Topics include safety, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), starting and moving diesel tractors and the proper use of shop tools and equipment along with basic heavy equipment systems. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Diesel Shop Practices4
DSL 116
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5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction to auto/diesel electrical/electronic systems which includes basic theories, electrical/electronic components, wiring and circuit diagrams, circuit protection, switches, relays solenoids and battery fundamentals. This course also focuses on the use of test equipment such as digital multimeters, test lights, jumper wires and logic probes used to diagnose basic electrical/electronic faults. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Corequisite(s):
DSL 106.
Introduction to Diesel Electrical5
DSL 141
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5 Quarter Hours

Continues the coverage of electrical systems including lighting, electrical devices and accessories, and motor-driven electrical components. Computer controlled electronics is introduced including its use in security alarms, airbags, and sound systems. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems I5
DSL 142
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5 Quarter Hours

Continues the coverage from previous courses focusing on advanced diagnostic techniques. Includes computerized testing and analysis of electrical/electronic systems. Advanced diagnostic techniques are utilized to analyze system problems. Also examines new technology including hybrid and fuel-cell systems, navigation systems, safety devices, and other vehicle features and options. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 141.
Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems II5
DSL 151A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the theory and application of cutting and welding processes. Topics include gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, plasma arc cutting, and flame cutting techniques as well as hands-on activities completing simple fabrication projects. 10 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Basic Welding, Cutting, and Fabrication4
DSL 171
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5 Quarter Hours

Allows students the opportunity to complete cylinder head diagnosis and repair service will be covered. Covers the entire engine construction focusing on the cylinder head and the upper engine to include intake manifolds and exhaust manifolds. Cooling and lubrication systems, block, sleeves, and crankshafts will also be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 101, DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Diesel Engine Repair5
DSL 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to preventative maintenance of diesel equipment. Coverage will include safety equipment, basic vehicle operation, instruments and controls along with hardware, inspections of the brakes, tires, wheels and suspension as well as steering systems. An introduction to Preventative Maintenance Plans (PMP) will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Introduction to Diesel Maintenance and Repair4
DSL 221
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the design and operation of the complete air brake system for a tractor and trailer. Diagnosis of system problems as well as the machining and rebuilding of various system components will be performed. Air compressors, air lines, and storage tanks as well as brake switches and trailer brakes will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 85 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Heavy Duty Brake Service6
DSL 231
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6 Quarter Hours

Examines the suspension and drive systems for both single axle and dual axle tractors. Steering mechanisms and suspension components are discussed as well as diagnosis and repair of suspension and steering systems. Alignment techniques will be used to properly align a tractor. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106.
Heavy Duty Suspension/Steering6
DSL 271
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5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on an introduction to diesel engine fault diagnosis and adjustments and/or repair. Topics include computerized engine controls, fuel systems, turbo chargers and superchargers as well as the use of computerized diagnostic equipment. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 101, C or better in DSL 141, C or better in DSL 171.
Diesel Engine Performance5
DSL 281
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on preventative maintenance of the engines, fuel system, air and exhaust system, and cooling system. Coverage will include safety equipment, instruments and controls along with hardware, inspections of the brakes, tires, wheels and suspension, and steering systems. Diagnosis and repair of problems related to any of the systems will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 181, C or better in DSL 221, C or better in DSL 231.
Heavy Duty Bus/Truck Maintenance4
WRK 275
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4 Quarter Hours

Consists of a 140-hour minimum paid/unpaid, hands-on experience, working in a diesel repair facility. This work experience will focus on the State of Michigan certification areas and is intended to supplement the hours spent in courses on campus for the purpose of attaining at least minimum competency.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degree), ENG 101 (Certificate), minimum GPA 2.00, Program Director/Dean approval.
Diesel Work Experience4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements28 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 98

Program Description

This program prepares graduates to maintain, diagnose, and repair medium and heavy duty vehicles and to perform successfully on the certification exams required for all persons who seek to work in positions as diesel mechanics/technicians in the state of Michigan. The program will focus on electrical systems, diesel engines, diesel engine performance, preventative maintenance, heavy duty brakes and suspensions along with other areas as selected by the student. Diesel courses will be taught at the Auto/Diesel Institute.

The Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan at Baker College of Owasso is the only college in Michigan with Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for Diesel Service Technology.

Baker College of Owosso is a Michigan CAT preferred college.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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