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The Diesel/Truck Technology program at Pennco Tech focuses on everything from diesel fundamentals to welding.
Students learn the basics of the combustible engine in the classroom and gain valuable hands-on experience in the shop as they learn how to diagnose, maintain, and repair diesel engines, electrical systems and circuitry, brakes, power trains, and hydraulics.
Students develop their analytical and mechanical aptitude as they test, disassemble, inspect, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their integrated system components using computerized diagnostic machines, gauges, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, and hand tools.
Students also get their hands dirty troubleshooting and rebuilding the blocks, blowers, and turbochargers on Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit, International Harvester, Penta, and Volvo engine types. As part of their hands-on training, students also learn welding for diesel mechanics and truck safety inspection.
The Diesel/Truck Technology Curriculum
The curriculum of the Diesel/Truck Technology program contains the following career-relevant classes:
- ATD 101: Fundamentals
- DTD 101: Diesel I – Preventative Maintenance, Brakes and Hydraulics
- DTD 102: Diesel II – Chassis and Electrical Concepts
- DTD 103: Diesel III – Heavy Duty Drivetrain
- DTD 104: Diesel IV – Diesel Engine Basics
- DTD 105: Diesel V – Diesel Engine Overhauling
- DTD106: Diesel VI – Computer Engine Management and Air Conditioning
ATD 101 is a required prerequisite for all other classes and DTD 104 is a required prerequisite for DTD 106. Students are required to finish each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, equivalent to a “C” average, in order to graduate.
Students who successfully complete the Diesel/Truck Technology program at Pennco Tech will be ready to secure an entry-level position as a truck and diesel mechanic. Graduates will be qualified to inspect, service, and repair 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
Pennco Tech offers a 15-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel/Truck Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible.