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Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology* 

The Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology program at Alfred State is the only program in New York and New England that is certified by the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) and one of only nine nationally recognized ADS TechSmart training programs. 

During the comprehensive two-year program, students receive 1,800 hours of class lectures and practical hands-on training. Students go through the basics of heavy equipment diesel technology in their first year, training on all types of vehicles. During their senior year, students focus on trucks and heavy equipment such as bulldozers, earthmovers, farm tractors, and other diesel-powered machinery. Each student will learn how to properly test, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, truck gas engines, drive trains, electrical systems, electronic systems, brakes, steering and suspension systems, diesel fuel systems, hydraulics, and heating, cooling, and air conditioning systems. Diesel mechanic welding and preventive maintenance techniques are also taught.

Students also learn how to properly diagnose and repair the diesel engine system using computerized diagnostic equipment, specialized instruments, schematics, and hand tools, as they disassemble, inspect, troubleshoot, repair, and reassemble various diesel engines and equipment.

Each student will learn effective oral and written communication skills and time management skills as they work independently and in groups to complete each project assigned to them by their instructors in a timely and efficient manner. Shop safety, ethics, and a positive workplace attitude are also stressed throughout the program. 

The Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology Course Curriculum

The Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology program at Alfred State contains the following career-specific classes:

  • Welding
  • Basic Truck Electronics & Component Overhaul
  • Truck Brakes
  • Steering & Suspension Systems
  • Inspection, Maintenance
  • Air Conditioning, Cooling & Heating
  • Truck Gasoline Engine Tune-Up
  • Electrical Engine Controls & Electrical Diagnosis
  • Heavy Duty Drive Train
  • Diesel Engine Service
  • Air Brake Service
  • Heavy Duty Electrical/Hydraulic Specialties
  • Diesel Fuel System Service
  • Preventive Maintenance for Heavy Truck & Diesel

Students will also be required to take various general education classes, including English and Mathematics, in order to fulfill the 72 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students must finish each class and maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, equivalent to a “C” average, to be eligible to graduate.

Occupational Outlook

Students who successfully complete the Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology program at Alfred State have the option of continuing their education by entering directly into the Technology Management Baccalaureate Degree program. Occupational opportunities include securing an entry-level position as an agricultural equipment mechanic, diesel engine specialist, diesel fuel system specialist, heavy equipment mechanic, truck fleet mechanic, industrial equipment mechanic, marine engine service technician, shop foreman, or service manager. 

As the diesel industry continues to experience rapid growth, 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. In 2014, the mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States was $45,160. The mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of New York was $52,300 annually and $25.14 hourly, 16% higher than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Alfred State offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Heavy Equipment with a Truck and Diesel Technician concentration. This program is Pell Grant eligible.

*Program is certified by the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)

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