As the diesel equipment industry continues to expand, the demand for technicians to repair and maintain diesel equipment grows. Students in the Diesel Technology program will receive training in the maintenance, servicing, and repair of medium-duty and heavy-duty transportation equipment. The Diesel Technology curriculum is designed to instruct students to work in the 21st century on the diesel engines that power vehicles like tractor/trailers, buses, and trucks. Areas of study include the use of technical manuals, a variety of power and hand tools, instruction in diagnosis and malfunction of computer controls, and parts inspection, repair and replacement. You will also receive training on other systems like brakes, drive trains, heating/air conditioning, and hydraulics. The program emphasizes the skills necessary to maintain all types of equipment, and how to repair and maintain both on- and off-road use vehicles. Instruction will be provided in oxyacetylene and AC/DC welding operations. Co-op opportunities exist for qualified students at dealerships, truck repair facilities, trucking companies, and construction equipment repair facilities. Students will have an opportunity to earn an International Mobile Air Conditioning Service Certification and Bendix Air Brake System Training Certificate of Completion. Students who qualify will be eligible to take the Pennsylvania Vehicle State Inspection and Emission programs.
Is this Career Right For You?
Do you have a general interest in large trucks?
Would you like to learn the engineering aspects of automotives?
Do you feel comfortable working with tools?
Do you have a mechanical aptitude?
Inside the Industry
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators & Hostlers
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment & Systems Inspectors, except Aviation