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Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology

The Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology programs at Lincoln Tech provides specialized training, knowledge, and skills for students who desire to learn how to diagnose, repair, and maintain diesel engines and heavy duty trucks and equipment including buses, 18-wheelers, diesel trucks, construction equipment, and more.

Classroom instruction and hands-on training provides each student with the opportunity to build career-specific skills in specialized areas such as diesel engine diagnostics, heavy duty transmission maintenance and repair, clutches, and hydraulic systems. ASE certified and experienced instructors train each student how to properly use the manuals, machinery, computers, and tools needed to successfully and safely diagnose and repair diesel engines and equipment. Students also receive hands-on experience with oxy acetylene torches and metal inert gas (MIG) welders.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology programs programs at Lincoln Tech will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel technician in today’s truck and diesel industry.

The Diesel and Truck Technology with Transport Refrigeration Program

The Diesel and Truck Technology with Transport Refrigeration program is made up of the following industry-relevant courses:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Gasoline Engine Construction and Operation
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune Up
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Truck Electrical and Electronics
  • Welding and Hydraulics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Service Shop Procedures
  • Trailer Refrigeration Systems
  • Refrigeration Service and Electrical Systems
  • Truck Refrigeration and Bus Climate Control

This program contains approximately 772 hours of classroom lecture and 1,148 laboratory hours for a combined total of 1,920 hours. Students must complete each course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate. Day, afternoon, and evening classes are available.

The Diesel and Truck Technology Program

The Diesel and Truck Technology program is comprised of the following career-specific classes:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Gasoline Engine Construction and Operation
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune-Up
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Truck Electrical and Electronics
  • Welding and Hydraulics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Service Shop Procedures

This program contains approximately 636 hours of classroom lecture and 924 laboratory hours for a combined total of 1,560 hours. Students must complete each course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate. Both day and evening classes are available.

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Program

The curriculum of the Diesel and Truck Mechanics program contains the following job-relevant courses:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Electrical Systems
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune Up
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems

This program contains approximately 317 hours of classroom lecture and 403 laboratory hours for a combined total of 720 hours. Students must complete each course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate. Both day and afternoon classes are available.

The Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology Program

The Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology program consists of the following career-focused classes:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Gasoline Engine Construction and Operation
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune-Up
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Truck Electrical and Electronics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Hydraulics for Heavy Equipment Application
  • Welding & Safe Equipment Operation
  • Heavy Equipment Powertrains
  • Heavy Equipment Systems
  • Service Shop Procedures

This program contains approximately 781 hours of classroom lecture and 1,139 laboratory hours for a combined total of 1,920 hours. Students must complete each course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate. Day, afternoon, and evening classes are available.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology programs programs at Lincoln Technical Institute will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the diesel equipment technology field, including component diagnosis, troubleshooting, repairing, servicing, maintenance, and management. Graduates will be qualified to inspect, service, and repair railroad locomotives, heavy duty trucks, buses, agriculture equipment, and construction equipment.

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 New Jersey was $52,940 annually and $25.45 hourly, 17% higher than the national average.

The Undergraduate Certificate

Lincoln Tech offers two Undergraduate Certificates in Diesel and Truck Technology and one Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Truck Mechanics. The 70-week Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Truck Technology emphasizes Transport Refrigeration. Lincoln Tech also offers a 70-week Undergraduate Certificate in Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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