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Diesel Repair – Industrial and Marine

Learn to maintain and repair industrial and marine diesel engines and their components.

A man wearing a baseball hat, safety glasses and coveralls works on machinery in a workshop.
NSCC grad Tyler Surette's love of engines began when he was 7 years old; he's now a diesel mechanic.
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Typical Length:
1 Year

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In this program, you learn to maintain and repair industrial and marine diesel engines and their components. This is important work that contributes to the overall success of a company and can have a significant impact on the workplace.

You learn to overhaul diesel engines as well as acquire knowledge of systems (such as cooling, lubrication and electrical). You also learn how to use tools and equipment; fabricate items to specific tolerances; read and interpret schematics, drawings and manuals; and apply mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles to various systems.

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn from experienced instructors.
  • You benefit from small class sizes, which provide lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official criminal record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates find employment in many occupations related to the industrial and marine fields, such as diesel technician (industrial and marine), truck and transport mechanic, shipboard diesel engineer, shore-based marine service technician, diesel-powered equipment repair, service advisor/writer, parts supplier, equipment repair and hydraulic mechanic.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you can apply to earn credit. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

DRIM 1002 - Fuel Injection - Mechanical and Electronic
Learners will explain and overhaul fuel systems on diesel engines.

DRIM 1003 - Lubricating Systems
Learners will explain the operation and overhaul components of a diesel engine lubricating system.

DRIM 1004 - Cooling Systems
Learners will explain and service cooling system components on both industrial and marine diesels.

DRIM 1005 - Electrical Systems
This course introduces the functions of industrial and marine diesel electrical systems. The learners are given the opportunity to inspect, adjust, service and troubleshoot electrical systems.

DRIM 1007 - Drives - Power Transmission
Learners will learn to identify transmission of power components and use proper procedures for safe removal and installation.

DRIM 1011 - Safety, Tools and Equipment
This course introduces basic workplace safety and the safe use of shops, their tools and equipment, relating to industrial and marine industries. Learners will be expected to demonstrate shop safety practices, use of protective equipment, use and maintenance of tools and fastening devices. Learners will also demonstrate the use of shop equipment. Course material addresses requirements of the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHSA) related to the heavy equipment industry.

DRIM 1012 - Diesel Fundamentals I
Learners will be able to overhaul several different makes of diesel engines using service manuals, proper tools and proper procedures.

DRIM 1040 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Learners will explain the function of both hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The course will allow learners to apply their knowledge to the servicing of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and their components.

DRIM 1100 - Work Experience
This course involves spending time at a job site under industry supervision. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

DRIM 1112 - Diesel Fundamentals II
Learners will be given the opportunity to learn diesel engine functionality, and the technology required for its continuing operation. External engine components are introduced as well as the safety procedures necessary when working around any engine.

DRIM 2001 - Engine Overhaul II
This course will allow learners to gain practice in troubleshooting problems and carrying out maintenance for diesel engines of various makes. Learners will be expected to locate and interpret information, apply diagnostic tools and procedures and carry out and document repairs.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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