Students develop the skills necessary to install, service and maintain diesel and natural gas powered generator sets. Students develop the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment.

This major emphasizes:
  • continuous power
  • peaking power
  • prime power
  • standby power generating units
Advanced instruction in:
  • electronically controlled diesel engines
  • gaseous fueled engines
  • troubleshooting and repair of electric power generator
  • engine governors
  • electronic switching components necessary in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power

The students are exposed to all facets of the career field with a particular focus on problem solving and transferability of technical knowledge and skills. An internship is required in this program.

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 "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.

On-Site Power Generation students receive comprehensive safety training. On-Site Power Generation students complete an internship as part of their program requirements. On-Site Power Generation graduates are ready to install, service, and maintain diesel and natural gas powered generator sets.

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog. An internship is required in this major.

Industry Connections
Caterpillar logo

Caterpillar sponsorship is an option for this program.

Powerline magazine cover, November/December 2011. Used with permission The value of student internships to the On-Site Power Generation major was outlined in an article by Claude T. Witts, instructor of diesel equipment technology, that was featured in the November/December issue of Powerline magazine, the flagship publication of the Electrical Generating Systems Association.

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After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Power generation technician, technical sales consultant, industrial maintenance, field service technician, sales representative, service manager.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines was $51,920 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $76,600.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers38,600$25.80$53,670
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only)12,660$24.39$50,730
Other Specialty Trade Contractors11,470$24.47$50,900
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)7,800$28.04$58,320
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction6,700$24.97$51,930

Statistics reported in May 2018

Internship Requirement

Read more about the required internship.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniform (required for all labs)

  • Coveralls
  • Glasses, safety, clear lens/black frames
  • Leather work shoes or boots

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

Clubs & Activities

Diesel Performance Technicians Association

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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.

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Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
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One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701