Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Electric Power Generation

About this program

At Penn College, our students learn by doing. From classroom theories and concepts to immersive lab experiences, we dig into complex concepts and then apply them to the real thing. In this program you’ll master in-demand skills like installing, servicing, and repairing diesel power generators. You’ll also refine the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

93%

Overall Placement

63%

Employed Less Than One Month After Graduating

Pursue a Dual Degree

Careers

  • Power generation technician
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Sales representative 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Direct Current Fundamentals (ELT111)
  • Electrical Power Generation Safety (DSM159)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engines Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals (ELT122)
  • Electric Power Generation Internship (DSM152)
  • Gaseous Fueled Engines Operation, Applications, and Troubleshooting (DSM279)
  • Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation and Diagnostics (DSM289)
  • Electrical Motor Control (ELT234)
  • Power Generator Theory and Operation (DSM229)
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Control (ELT245)
  • Electrical Machinery Analysis (ELT246)
  • Power Generation Systems (DSM292)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Lab Tour

Explore our expansive Heavy Equipment, Diesel & Power Generation labs and get a glimpse of our power-packed and in-demand programs.

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Gain hands-on experience in advanced learning labs where you’ll work on equipment just like you can expect to see after graduation.  

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

May 26

Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation Visit Day

Wednesday, May 269:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jun 12

Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation Visit Day

Saturday, June 1210:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 7

Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation Visit Day

Wednesday, July 710:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 17

Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation Visit Day

Saturday, July 179:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Diesel Performance Technicians Association

Diesel Performance Technicians Association

Expand learning opportunities and meet others who share your interest in diesel performance.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
05.14.2021

Distinguished Teaching Awards presented to faculty

Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed two Distinguished Teaching Awards on faculty during an event held on main campus. ...

04.21.2021

CSTK donates refrigeration units for diesel technology program

CSTK Bethlehem, an award-winning authorized dealership for Thermo King products, has donated truck and trailer refrigeration ...

04.17.2021

Like a well-oiled machine

Automotive aficionados reveled among kindred spirits Saturday at Penn College, where a variety of four-wheeled student ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Many students have an opportunity to work with power generation professionals across the nation.  

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Dual Degree
Diesel Technology & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Diesel Technology & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis are eligible to earn a second degree in Diesel Technology or Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (Technician or Caterpillar Equipment emphasis) in as few as three years. Students may work with their adviser to declare a dual degree, taking courses for both degrees simultaneously. 

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More Information

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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View the Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • glasses, safety, clear lens/black frame
  • leather work shoes or boots

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Don Casterline, '80, Owner, Casterline Diesel, Inc.
  • Mr. Christopher R Clary, Manager, Operations, IMG Midstream
  • Mr. Eric Faust, '09, Equipment Maintenance Foreman, Halliburton Energy Services
  • Mr. Matthew Fogtman, '06, '13, Fleet Manager, Volvo Construction Equipment Sales Region Americas
  • Mr. Joseph Leasure, Operations Manager, Service & Rental, Cummins Bridgeway, LLC
  • Mr. Christopher Malm, General Service Manager, Power Generation, West Branch Diesel
  • Mr. Frank Miller, Executive Vice President, Kenworth of PA
  • Mr. Gregory A Moore, Sr., Senior Field Technician, Fidelity Engineering, Inc.
  • Mr. Gregory A Moser, '99, Manager, FedEx Freight
  • Mr. Timothy B Moyer, Technical Trainer, Refrigeration, Penn Power Group
  • Mr. Jack Neidig, '86, Instructor, SUN Area Career & Technology Center
  • Mr. John Niebauer, General Manager, W. W. Engine & Supply, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Ritchey, '93, Vice President/Owner, Curry Supply Co.
  • Mr. Raymond A Roland, Shop Operations Manager, Travel Centers of America
  • Mr. Robert E Weller, General Services Manager, Penn Power Systems
  • Mr. Douglas C Wetzel, '81, Engine Training Instructor, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Jay A Zeigler, Manager, Truck Engine Department, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company Inc.