Students develop the skills necessary to repair, maintain, diagnose malfunctions and prescribe corrective action for:
- diesel and hybrid-powered highway vehicles
- industrial equipment
- marine vehicles
- diesel service management
- theory and skills of refrigeration, electronic and mechanical fuel injection
- chassis maintenance
- vehicle inspection and tune-up
- engine overhaul and transmission repair
- brake service
- handling of hazardous waste
- problem solving and transferability of skills
Opportunity to earn certification in:
- Stationary Refrigeration (608)
- Motor Vehicle Air-Conditioning (609)
- Allison Transmission Certification
- Level 1 Eaton Hybrid Certification
Graduates are prepared to take the Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety Inspection Examination and upon graduating from the program and securing two years of diesel work experience, graduates are prepared for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Examination in heavy truck mechanics.
Students can complete 2 associate's degree programs in 3 years by enrolling in the dual degree option.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for those who have completed formal postsecondary education are good, with a projected 15% growth expected in the industry from 2010 - 2020. The median annual wage of diesel service technicians was $40,850 in 2010. Overtime is common and many mechanics, especially those employed by truck fleet dealers and repair shops, receive a commission in addition to their base salary.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Annual median wages|
|General Freight Trucking||
|Automotive Repair and Maintenance||
|Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||
|Specialized Freight Trucking||
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics, (visited December, 2012).
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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniform (required for all labs)
- Leather work shoes or boots
- Glasses, safety, clear lens/black frames
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Diesel Performance Technicians Association
Diesel Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.