New York Automotive & Diesel Institute

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Truck and Diesel Technology*  

The Truck and Diesel Technology program at the New York Automotive & Diesel Institute teaches students all aspects of heavy-duty truck service and repair.

Through classroom instruction and hands-on training each student will learn about engine design, diesel engine overhaul, electrical systems, electronic systems, air brake systems, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, air conditioning, and transmissions and axles. Students learn how to properly troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair electronic and mechanical engines as they perform tune-ups and overhauls.

Students also learn and develop skills in diesel mechanic welding, preventive maintenance, and equipment maintenance. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge of work hazards and shop safety throughout the program. Using their thinking and reasoning skills, students will be required to apply the theory of diesel mechanics they learn in the classroom to complete the tasks assigned to them on the shop floor.

Effective communication and leadership skills will be assessed, as students work independently and in teams to complete every assigned task. Students will also be required to use industry-relevant mathematics and technical writing throughout the program.

The Truck and Diesel Technology Classes

The Truck and Diesel Technology program consists of the following classes:

  • Performance Fundamentals
  • Diesel Engines
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Diesel Engine Accessories
  • Heavy Duty Steering & Suspension
  • Automotive Electrical Foundations
  • Heavy Duty Braking Systems
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Advanced Heavy Duty Undercarriage

All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate.

What to Expect After Graduating

Students who successfully complete the Truck and Diesel Technology program at the New York Automotive & Diesel Institute will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to secure employment at diesel service departments, independent repair shops, and heavy-duty truck factories in the trucking, farming, lumber, and diesel locomotive industries in both the public and private sectors. Graduates may even choose to build their own private repair business.

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 Undergraduate Certificate

The New York Automotive & Diesel Institute offers five different Undergraduate Certificates in Truck and Diesel Technology. All five programs are all Pell Grant eligible.

*Program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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