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Diesel Power Mechanics

World Class. Hands On. Job Ready.

Are you hard working and reliable with a passion for mechanics? The Community College of Aurora (CCA) offers an Associates Degree in Diesel Power mechanics in just under a year!

All students are subject to standard Community College tuition rates, fees and book costs. All students may be eligible for Financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and/or low-interest Stafford loans.

Get started today for a bright future as a Diesel Technician with the CCA Diesel Power Program!

Program Details

Dates & Time: The next cohorts begin June 2020 and July 2020. The program is considered full time: Monday – Friday 7am-4pm (No weekend or evening sessions). The one year program includes courses and work rotation. View the program course details for previous cohorts and dates associated by clicking below:

Cost: Standard CCA Tuition and Fee rates apply. Program total under $11,500 for one (1) year program. Tuition payment plans are available. Financial Aid may apply for those that qualify (includes Grants, Scholarships, and Federal Stafford Loans). Details for Financial Aid can be found in the Getting Started Checklist found below.

***The program cost of under $11,500 is for In-State residence with COF.

Students may gain real-world experience and a possible paid apprenticeship, during work rotation, with members of the Colorado Equipment Dealer’s Association-CEDA (apprenticeships are not guaranteed). After completion of the program, the sponsoring dealers’ intent is to offer full-time employment, tuition reimbursement and the use of a professional set of tools.

Contact us:
For more information or questions, contact us via Diesel@ccaurora.edu or by phone at 303.340.7201.

To notify the Diesel Program of interest, begin here:

1. Start by completing the following online interest form. A diesel support staff member will contact you to discuss the program.

Interest Form

2. Every student in the program is a CCA student. View the Getting Started Checklist for program information and details about applying to CCA.


The Getting Started Checklist does provide details about:

  • Admissions Application information
  • Testing, required by all students
  • Financial Aid details and support
  • Orientation 


Diesel Power Mechanics Program Partners

    Colorado Equipment Dealers Association Sponsorships:

    Companies from the Colorado Equipment Dealers Association may sponsor students. Students may earn:

    o   Paid Internship while in program

    o   Work Contract after end of program

    o   Reimbursement for Tuition and Fees from the company within the first 2 years of employment

    o   Set of tools from the company within the first 3 years of employment

    Students not selected for sponsorship may still complete the program and pay the standard Tuition and Fee costs. 

    We welcome all students to compare CCA to other local Diesel programs. Our unique format and full-time program allows students to earn their Associates Degree quickly to get a career started. Please review the list of courses offered in our program.

    Course programming and CCA catalog details:
    This program has been approved by and does require completion of specific courses.  Below you can click on the link that will guide you to the College Catalog and course details. Coursework necessary to receive an A.A.S. in Diesel Power Mechanics. Each cohort has permission to list courses in varied order to serve students accordingly.


    Additional Resources

    Looking for a career in construction or transportation? WIN - Workforce Initiative Now - can help you secure a position or advance your career on local transit infrastructure projects. Training and resources are also available to support employment success.


    For additional information, or questions, contact: diesel@ccaurora.edu

    Diesel Power Mechanics Staff

    Greg Atencio, Faculty, Diesel Power Mechanics at Community College of Aurora in DenverGreg Atencio
    Faculty, Diesel
    Greg has worked at CCA since 2012, teaching 16 classes in the Diesel Power Mechanics area related to introductory diesel service and repair, which eventually can lead to a ten-month associate’s degree. Atencio has been Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified since 1977. He spent three decades working in various automotive shops, including 25 for Midas. Atencio also is a General Motors School of Product Service Certified Technician and has been a dealership mechanic.







    Andrew SingerAndrew Singer
    Faculty, Diesel
    Andrew Singer has worked for CCA since 2016. He has worked as a diesel mechanic for the U.S. Army and Union Pacific Railroad. In the Army, he advanced to become a shop foreman and earned his A.A.S. degree in automotive technology while in the armed forces. After his third deployment in the military, he had to retire due to injury. He then worked for Union Pacific as a diesel mechanic on locomotives for two years before joining CCA.




    Brian Horvath

    Brian Horvath
    Faculty, Diesel

    Brian Horvath retired from the Army in 2008 as a Master Sergeant after 22 years working as a mechanic/maintenance manager. He grew up in Berlin, Germany and graduated from Berlin American High School in 1983. He can read, write, and speak fluent German. He has served in Kirchgoens, Germany; Ft. Ord, CA; Ft. Hood, TX; Vilseck, Germany; Ft. Knox, KY (where he was a basic training Drill Sergeant),; Baumholder, Germany; and Ft. Sheridan, IL. He has been deployed to Iraq twice, Afghanistan once and has been in six different conflicts in five different countries. His hobbies include cooking, golfing, gardening, and growing my own peppers for salsas, chilies, etc. He has been married for almost 29 years and has a 28-year-old daughter and 24-year-old son both of whom are CCA alumni.



    Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

    Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster the transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

    1.  Serve as an entry-level diesel technician with the ability to work safely in a shop environment, diagnose, troubleshoot and repair heavy diesel equipment.

    2.  Communicate effectively with coworkers, supervisors, and customers to facilitate the needed diesel repair


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