SAVA CTE System Diagnostics, Service & Repair Pathway


Diesel Technology Basics

Diesel Technology Basics introduces students to diesel technology. Topics include shop safety, hazardous materials handling and disposal, and engine components and their functions. Students will work in SAVA’s state of the art diesel ship designed by the American River College (ARC) Diesel Technology Department. This is one of five courses offered at SAVA leading to a certificate in Diesel Technology from ARC.

Diesel Preventative Maintenance

Diesel Preventative Maintenance introduces student to the field of clean diesel technology and preventative maintenance. It covers proper safety and hazardous waste training, use of basic hand and power tools, and the basic workings of the diesel engine. All diesel course within this pathway are taught at SAVA by instructors from the Diesel Technology Department at American River College.

Sacramento CTE Vehicle Maintenance Service and Repair Pathway

Clean Diesel Retrofit

This course covers diesel engine retrofit needs for older diesel engines. SAVA’s diesel shop is full of equipment, old and new, which gives students knowledge and skills to work on most diesel engines you will find in the industry. Topics include troubleshooting, fault codes, welding, and diesel particulate filter systems.

Clean Diesel Software Support

Using cutting-edge, industry standard technology, students in this course will be trained by American River College staff to build the skills needed to adequately retrieve and apply system information using Internet-based technical manuals specically geared toward diesel tractor emission control systems.


Diesel Engine Repair

This course covers basic engine principles for diesel engine repair. It covers disassembly and reassembly of diesel engine systems, including cleaning and safe removal of engines, fuel injection systems, valve trains, and engine heads.

 In The Shop


In your grandparent’s day, “shade tree” mechanics were common. You could claim to be a mechanic with a few simple tools – but that day has long passed! Vehicle service and repair is now a highly skilled profession that requires more brainpower than muscle power. Solving problems with your head is critical. In addition to cars and trucks, the motor vehicles category includes boats, motorcycles, trains, and outdoor power equipment. All require specific knowledge in order to be serviced, repaired, and maintained properly.