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.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog. An internship is required in this major.
Caterpillar sponsorship is an option for this program.
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.
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 $50,860 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $75,360.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||34,130||$25.24||$52,490|
|Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only)||12,090||$23.90||$49,710|
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors||10,260||$23.97||$49,850|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||7,680||$27.37||$56,930|
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction||6,940||$24.42||$50,800|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Read more about the required internship.
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)
- 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
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.