This program provides students with entry-level job skills in diesel truck repair. Topics covered include instruction in diesel engine overhaul, fuel injection systems, the maintenance and repair of air brakes, power trains, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, and heavy-duty air conditioning, in addition to preventative maintenance. During this two-year program, students will be provided instruction in the eight areas on which ASE heavy duty truck certification tests are based. Graduates are encouraged to continue their training in an apprenticeship program, at a community college, or at a technical institute.
There are many occupations open to someone with skills in diesel technology. Examples of these occupations include technician in a commercial truck shop, fleet technician, construction-equipment technician, tractor technician, industrial truck technician, bus technician and motorcycle technician.
This occupation is expected to grow through the year 2005. Locally, the demand for diesel technicians is quite strong and is expected to remain so, due to the large number of trucking companies in the area.