Introduction to Preventative Maintenance for Diesel Mechanics, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Prepare for an entry-level job as a preventative maintenance diesel mechanic. Preventative maintenance diesel mechanics ​perform inspections and maintenance on diesel vehicles and equipment doing minor repairs and keeping maintenance records. The course series covers all the basic systems of a vehicle or equipment with an emphasis on preventative maintenance procedures and shop safety.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1.  prepare to pass the Automotive Service Exellence (ASE) preventative maintenance entry level certification,

2.  demonstrate the use of proper safety equipment and shop safety,

3.  identfy and select the appropriate tools,

4.  peform and document preventative maintenance on diesel vehicle systems, and

5.  secure entry level employment in the diesel field.

Program Credentials

​CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level 

Certifying Organization: ​National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

3-4 months (combined classroom and hands-on); the number of weeks and start dates vary.

Program Requirements

Students must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of course. Contact the coordinator, Nancy Kukay, for dates and information.

High School Diploma or GED; minimum age of 18

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Provisional Entry – Prospective students must attend an orientation session and pass a basic math and reading assessment test.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, and/or demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning.  A maximum of 90 program hours may be earned based on prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Introduction to Preventative Maintenance for Diesel Mechanics- Part 1


Textbooks included


T-$944 /F-$1206


Introduction to Preventative Maintenance for Diesel Mechanics- Part 2


Textbooks included


T-$944 /F-$1206


Introduction to Preventative Maintenance for Diesel Mechanics- Part 3


Textbooks included



T-$945 /F-$1205

Course Series Totals:





Additional Information

Skills for Success:
High work ethic, attention to detail, ability to work with heavy machinery, mechanical aptitude.

Career Opportunities:
Maintenance and repair of diesel vehicles and equipment, power plant and marine equipment.​

Contact Information

Coordinator: Nancy Kukay | | 443-840-4171 | Catonsville | BESS| 100K

Administrative Assistant: Ollie Wright | | 443-840-4476 | Catonsville | BESS | 100