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The Auto-Diesel Technology Program

The Auto-Diesel Technology program at Ohio Technical College is designed to teach students all aspects of automotive and diesel engine repair.

Students learn the fundamentals of the gasoline engine and diesel engine system in the classroom while they obtain valuable hands-on training on the shop floor, as they observe the instructor and learn how to troubleshoot, service, and repair, automotive engines, diesel engines, industrial equipment, electrical systems, electronic systems, drivetrains, brake systems, suspension and steering systems, transport refrigeration systems, heating and air conditioning systems, electric power systems, and alternative fuel systems. Students also receive hands-on experience in preventative maintenance techniques and welding for diesel mechanics.

Each student will learn how to properly test, diagnose, and repair the diesel electronic and mechanical system components of the gas and diesel engine using computerized diagnostic machines, wiring diagrams, schematics, specialized instruments, and hand tools. Students will also learn about engine overhaul by disassembling, inspecting, repairing, and reassembling various gas-powered and diesel-powered engines and equipment.

Each student will strengthen his or her mechanical aptitude as well as their critical thinking, mathematical problem-solving, and time management skills as they complete every task given to them by their instructors with proficiency and speed. Ethics, workplace safety, effective oral and written communication skills, and student teamwork will also be stressed throughout the 18-month Auto-Diesel Technology program.

The Auto-Diesel Technology Curriculum

The classes of the Auto-Diesel Technology program center around the following industry-relevant topics:

  • Automotive Engine
  • Diesel Engine
  • Drivetrain
  • Electrical & Electronic Systems
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Electric Power
  • Transport Refrigeration
  • Suspension & Steering Systems
  • Brake Systems
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Welding
  • Industrial Equipment

To be eligible to graduate, students must finish every class and maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, equivalent to a “C” average.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Program

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at Ohio Technical College provides students with the knowledge and training necessary to properly troubleshoot, service, and repair diesel engines and heavy equipment. Students learn diesel theory as well as the fundamentals of diesel engine performance in the classroom while they acquire hands-on training in the high-tech training facility, learning how to diagnose, service, and repair diesel engines, industrial and heavy equipment, light and medium duty diesel equipment, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, diesel drivetrain systems, automatic diesel transmissions, brake and hydraulic systems, suspension and steering systems, transport refrigeration systems, heating and air conditioning systems, light generator systems, and alternative fuel systems. Students will also train on the latest equipment from Cummins in the Cummins Training Academy.

Each student will learn how to properly test, diagnose, and repair the integrated system components of the diesel engine using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, wiring diagrams, shop manuals, gauges, hand tools, and power tools. By disassembling, inspecting, testing, repairing, and reassembling various diesel-powered engines and equipment, students will learn, hands-on, how to properly perform tune-ups and diesel engine overhauls. Each student will develop important analytical, mechanical, and time management skills as they complete each assignment given to them by their instructors in an efficient and timely manner. Professionalism, shop safety, and strong interpersonal communication skills will also be stressed throughout the 18-month long Diesel Equipment Technology program.

The Diesel Equipment Technology Curriculum

The classes of the Diesel Equipment Technology program center around the following career-relevant topics:

  • Diesel Engine Performance & Repair
  • Electrical & Electronic Systems
  • Diesel Drivetrain Systems
  • Automatic Diesel Transmission
  • Suspension & Steering Systems
  • Brake & Hydraulic Systems
  • Transport Refrigeration
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Industrial & Heavy Equipment
  • Light/Medium Duty Diesel
  • Light Generator Systems

In order to graduate, students are required to complete every class and maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, equivalent to a “C” average.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Auto-Diesel Technology and Diesel Equipment Technology programs at Ohio Technical College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to secure entry-level employment in the agricultural, construction, and commercial trucking industries, maintaining and repairing today’s light and medium duty trucks and heavy 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 Ohio was $43,610 yearly and $20.97 hourly, just 3% lower than the national average.

The Associates in Applied Science Degree

Ohio Technical College offers an 18-month Associates in Applied Science Degree in Auto-Diesel Technology as well as an 18-month Auto-Diesel Technology Diploma. Ohio Technical College also offers an 18-month Associates in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Equipment Technology as well as an 18-month Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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