NAVISTAR Certificate Program

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This program provides students with hands-on training aimed at providing the skills needed to acquire employment as an entry-level diesel/truck repair technician, diesel mechanic, heavy equipment technician, or power plant technician. This program also prepares students for two nationally recognized industry certifications; the master National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework. Refer to the Dual Credit web page for more information.


The mission of the Navistar program at South Suburban College is to prepare students for a careers or promotional opportunity in the field of diesel/truck, heavy equipment, and power plant positions. Students will also be prepared to earn nationally recognized certification.

Our vision is to maximize student learning through solid instructional methods and hand-on experience required to work in the field of diesel/truck repair, heavy duty equipment, and power plants. Student will be better prepared to enter into a four year university or increase their job opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Through quality instruction from faculty and input from the Advisory Board Committee, the following goals have been established for students in the Navistar Program. Students will:

  • understand skills to under engine tear-down & build-up
  • Gain hands-on experience to inspect and check engine & vehicle
  • understand and utilize precision measurement & tools
  • gain knowledge and understanding of preventative maintenance
  • understand performance diagnostics & testing
  • gain valuable Navistar on-the-job work experience by completing an internship within a professional business environment

Navistar – Basic Certificate (BUS.BASIC.NAV)+

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.
Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
BUS 113 Introduction to Engine Tear-Down & Build-up 2
BUS 114 Inspect and Check Engine & Vehicle 3
BUS 115 Precision Measurement & Tools 5
BUS 116 Preventative Maintenance 5
BUS 117 Performance Diagnostic & Testing 3
BUS 118 Navistar Internship 3
Total Credit Hours: 21