Diesel Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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
Coursework emphasizes:
  • 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...

Diesel Technology Diesel Technology Students are introduced to  'Green' technology, with instruction in gaseous/alternative fueled engines, biofuels and current emission standards.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists was $42,730 in May 2013. The top 10 percent earned more than $63,760.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Freight Trucking33,600$19.10$39,720
Local Government (OES Designation)21,140$24.54$51,040
Automotive Repair and Maintenance20,290$19.85$41,290
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers20,290$21.46$44,640
Specialized Freight Trucking14,280$19.02$39,570

Statistics reported in May 2013

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniform (required for all labs)

  • coveralls
  • 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

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Diesel Technology Advisory Committee

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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.

Contact Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

  • Address
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
      DIF 125
      One College Avenue
      Williamsport, PA 17701