Diesel Technology

  • Instructor Kevin Heimbach | East Campus | CIP Code 47.0613

    Diesel engines are found in trucks, trains, buses, construction and agricultural equipment and many other types of transportation vehicles. As the diesel equipment industry continues to expand, the demand for mechanics and technicians to repair and maintain diesel equipment grows.

    Using state-of-the-art classroom and lab experiences, the program prepares students to engage in diagnosis, servicing, and maintenance of diesel trucks. Students begin with the fundamentals and learn to identify and properly use tools, fasteners, and general reconditioning skills. Students learn to inspect, repair and replace components of the suspension, fifth wheel, steering, brake, engine, cooling, fuel, electrical/electronic, air intake and exhaust, clutches, transmissions, air conditioning systems, as well as drive lines and rear axles. Welding processes and safety techniques are also taught.

    Students are taught to use service and technical manuals and are also prepared to obtain Pennsylvania State Inspection certification.

    Graduates of this program are well-prepared to enter the workforce as bus and truck mechanics, diesel engine specialists, and heavy truck mechanics. Additional education after high school can lead to many opportunities in service management, training, and advanced diesel principles.

    Career Pathways:

    Bus, Truck Mechanic & Diesel Engine Specialist
    Heavy Truck Mechanic/ Maintenance Repairer
    Maintenance Lubrication Mechanic
    Diesel Engine Assembly Specialist


    Service Manager
    Mechanic Apprentice
    Service Technician
    Diesel Mechanic

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Diesel Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Certificate
    Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery
    CDL License (at reduced student cost and student must be 18 years old to take the CDL class)
    Daimler Trucks North America Get Ahead Certification
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-hour Certification
    *A student may take the Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I &/or Cat III test; however, PennDot holds the certificate until the student is 18 years old

    College Advanced Credits:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 2 credits
    University of Northwestern Ohio - Up to 12 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs:

    There are specific costs for text-books, tools, supplies, uniforms,  certifications; and for some pro-grams, medical and criminal clear-ances that students are obligated  to pay upon acceptance.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude