Diesel Technology

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)             
    Kevin Heimbach 
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    CIP Code: 47.0613

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

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

    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

  • 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 and fasteners as well as 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.

    Industry Certifications:

    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Certificate
    Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery
    Certified Safety Inspector, Cat I
    Certified Safety Inspector, Cat III
    CDL License (at reduced student rate)
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    Industry certification testing fees - $65*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


College Advanced Credits