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!

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How to Apply:

  1. Apply to CCA: www.ccaurora.edu/apply 
    When selecting your degree within your admissions application, you will select the Associate of Applied Science Degree.
    • Within 24-48 hours, you will receive an acceptance email that will contain your Student ID (S#) and temporary password for you to access your student account (MyCCA).
  2. Once you have your student ID number, be sure to schedule your testing appointment.
    All students must complete the Accuplacer placement exam and meet testing requirements. Go to www.ccaurora.edu/testing.
    • Both English and Math Accuplacers must be taken.
    • The cost of both exams is $10.00.
    • You must bring an ID to take both exams.
    • If you have ACT or SAT test scores within the last 4 years, please e-mail your scores  (must be official) to admissions@ccaurora.edu. An advisor will evaluate your scores to determine if you can be waived from taking the Accuplacer tests.
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Academic Program Support Specialist (APSS) for Diesel to start the registration process for the Diesel program.
    • Email the Diesel Support Team at diesel.cca@ccaurora.edu. The Diesel Support Team will support the enrollment process and Diesel Declaration Degree form. 
    • ONLY CCA Diesel staff can register students for Diesel courses. This will only occur after steps 1-3 are completed and requirements are met.  
    • A payment plan can be made after registration occurs. This must be put in place to prevent dropping of all courses after registration is complete.     

Program Details

Dates & Time:

  • The next cohort will begin July 2023.
  • Full time: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Includes courses and work rotation.

Standard CCA tuition and fee rates apply for every student. Program total estimated at $11,500 for one (1) year program (Colorado
in-state resident). Tuition payment plans available. Financial Aid may apply for those that qualify (includes grants, scholarships, and Federal Stafford Loans).


Students may gain real-world experience via one of our Colorado Equipment Dealer’s Association (CEDA) sponsors and other equipment dealers/partners. Sponsorships are not guaranteed or required for this program. See additional information below.

Colorado Equipment Dealers Association Sponsorships:
Companies from the Colorado Equipment Dealer’s Association, and other equipment dealers/partners may sponsor students. All sponsorships vary based on the sponsor. If offered a sponsorship, students may earn:

  • Paid employment while in program
  • Work contract after end of program
  • Reimbursement for tuition and fees from company within first 2 years of employment
  • Set of tools from company within first 3 years of employment

Contact us:
For more information or questions, contact us via diesel.cca@ccaurora.edu or by phone at 303-340-7208.

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.

Please note the following information for Sponsorships:

After applying and being accepted into the Diesel program, students will have the opportunity to attend the Open House (April 16th, 2022) to meet our industry partners and dealers. At this event, students will be able to get a sense of what company (or companies) they are interested in working at. Each company has a different way of sponsoring students, including the starting pay rate (a minimum of $16.50/hr), possible tuition reimbursement or up-front payments, and a toolbox incentive. At the Open House, students will be able to ask companies questions about what a sponsorship might look like.

After the Open House, students will complete First Interviews at Sponsor Day. Sponsor Day includes a hands-on test, a Bennett's Aptitude written exam (ungraded), and an initial panel interview. Students will have 10 minutes for their panel interview, where a member of the Diesel team will ask the student questions for the panel (companies/industry partners) to hear and take notes. Panelists will have a copy of the student's resume. Resume preparation and mock interviews are required prior to this. A member of the Diesel team will help each student set up a meeting with the Career Services Center prior to Sponsor Day.

After Sponsor Day, panelists will decide which students they would like to invite to aFinal Interview for consideration of a sponsorship. Final Interviews/Sponsorships are not guaranteed. Students will then complete Final Interviews with interested companies, partners, and dealers CCA works with. After this, a Sponsorship agreement will be completed and students will be able to get started with the company they partner with.

Sponsorships vary and will look different depending on the company. Some sponsors choose to pay tuition in full, while others may pay up to a certain amount. However, students WILL get paid for their work at their sponsorship (a minimum of $16.50/hr). Our partners are aware of the unique schedule of the Diesel program. Some partners have students go through company-specific classes or trainings.

Note: Students do not have to complete a sponsorship to be in the program. During work rotations, we encourage students to gain work experience or focus on their studies if they are not in a sponsorship.

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.cca@ccaurora.edu

Diesel Power Mechanics Staff

Brian Horvath

Brian Horvath
Faculty, Diesel
Horvath teaches and trains students on different aspects pertaining to the diesel industry and has worked in the maintenance arena for more than 30 years serving in various capacities in Fleet and Maintenance Management. He has been married for more than 30 years, and has two children and one grandson, Logan (named after Wolverine). He retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant in 2008 after 22 years of active duty service and has lived in Colorado since then. He likes BBQing, cooking, smoking meat, playing golf, gaming (Call of Duty of Xbox), and gardening as hobbies. Both of his kids are CCA Alumni.






Jake Myal

Jake Myal
Faculty, Diesel
Myal attended the CCA Diesel Power program in 2018-2019 and graduated with an A.A.S. degree. Prior to joining the program, he worked for Bobcat of the Rockies and he attended the CCA Diesel Power Mechanics program under a sponsorship through Bobcat. Myal spent five years with Bobcat and earned more than 40 Bobcat certifications while attending Bobcat University, and became a Gold-Certified Bobcat Technician. Myal enjoys teaching and passing his knowledge to future generations of technicians. He believes that the CCA Diesel program prepared him and has all the tools and resources to produce the highest quality technicians. In his spare time, Myal enjoys camping, motorcycles, and can’t seem to go a day without a tool in his hand.


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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