Citrus College

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Medium and Heavy Truck Technology  

Students who enter the Medium and Heavy Truck Technology program at Citrus College will learn how to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair all of the systems used on today’s over-the-road diesel trucks. 

Specialized classroom instruction and practical hands-on training provide each student with the opportunity to learn all phases of vehicle systems as they work on trainers, simulators, and various over-the-road equipment in a modern state-of-the-art facility that houses 22,000 square feet of classroom and lab areas. Expert instructors will teach each student how to properly use advanced diagnostic tools and procedures to service and repair the most up-to-date electronic equipment.

Students who complete the Medium and Heavy Truck Technology program at Citrus College will become certified diesel technicians capable of earning wages well above the national average in a job field that is constantly growing and seeking qualified individuals.

The Medium and Heavy Truck Technology Certificate of Achievement Program

The curriculum of the Medium and Heavy Truck Technology Certificate of Achievement Program contains the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Automotive Service, Diagnosis and Repair 
  • Diesel Engine Management Systems 
  • Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems I 
  • Medium and Heavy Truck Engines Service, Diagnosis, and Repair
  • Medium and Heavy Truck Drivetrain Service, Diagnosis, and Repair
  • Medium and Heavy Truck Chassis Service, Diagnosis, and Repair
  • Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems II 
  • Automotive HVAC Service, Diagnosis & Repair 
  • Automotive Service and Repair Work Experience A 
  • Automotive Service and Repair Work Experience B 
  • Automotive Service and Repair Work Experience C 
  • Automotive Service and Repair Work Experience D 
  • Special Topics (department approval required) 
  • Internship

Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

Job Outlook

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of California was $50,570 yearly and $24.31 hourly, 12% higher than the national average.

Students who successfully finish the Medium and Heavy Truck Technology program at Citrus College will have the education and training needed to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic at commercial trucking companies, construction companies, mining companies, logging companies, farms, ranches, and independent service garages.

The Certificate of Achievement and Skill Award Certificate

Citrus College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Medium and Heavy Truck Technology. Citrus College also offers a Skill Award Certificate in Medium and Heavy Truck Technology for persons already working in the field who would like to further their skills in a specialized area. The Skill Award Certificate Program is taught in the evening. Some students may be eligible to receive the BOG Fee Waiver to help pay for their education.

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