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.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
Heavy duty truck technician for truck dealership, independent garage, truck fleet, leasing company or contractor; the natural gas industry; technical service representative for diesel engine manufacturer or distributor; and diesel service occupations such as service writer, warranty writer, parts manager, service manager, transport refrigeration technician, and automated driveline and fuel system specialist.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists was $46,360 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $69,870.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||24,800||$26.42||$54,960|
|Automotive Repair and Maintenance||23,650||$22.01||$45,790|
|Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||21,140||$23.39||$48,650|
|Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing||12,640||$22.65||$47,110|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
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
- 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, On-highway Product Support Representative, Alban CAT
- Mr. Joseph Leasure, Operations Manager, Service & Rental, Cummins Bridgeway, LLC
- Mr. Christopher Malm, General Service Manager, Power Generation, West Branch Diesel
- Mr. Frank Miller, Sales Manager, Parts & Service, 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.
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.