Gordon Cooper Technology Center

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Heavy Diesel Service Technician*  

The Heavy Diesel Service Technician program at Gordon Cooper Technology Center has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and meets standards put forth by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

The three-phase program prepares individuals for a career in the medium and heavy-duty truck repair industry, whether they have prior mechanical experience or not. Adult students can complete the program in as little as twelve months. High school students can complete the program in two years.

Through classroom lectures and written assignments, students learn diesel theory and develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.

In the training facility, students receive hands-on experience training on current industry equipment, as they learn how to inspect, test, and repair, diesel engines, drive trains, suspension and steering systems, brakes, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, and heating and air conditioning systems. Students also learn proper preventative maintenance and inspection techniques.

Students learn all aspects of diesel engine repair by disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling various diesel engines and their integrated system components using digital diagnostic machines, specialized instruments, electronic meters, hand tools, power tools, and shop manuals.

Students who successfully complete the Heavy Diesel Service Technician program at Gordon Cooper Technology Center will be prepared to take the ASE certification exams in the areas of diesel engines, drive trains, suspension and steering systems, brakes, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, and heating and air conditioning systems, preventative maintenance, and inspection.

From Education to Occupation 

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 Oklahoma was $40,550 yearly and $19.49 hourly, just 11% lower than the national average.

Students who successfully complete the Heavy Diesel Service Technician program at Gordon Cooper Technology Center will be will be prepared to take the ASE certification exams and secure an entry-level position as a heavy diesel service technician at diesel truck dealerships, heavy equipment dealerships, fleet shops, and independent service garages. 

The Undergraduate Certificate

Gordon Cooper Technology Center offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Agriculture Technology with a Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Service and Light Repair Technician concentration. This program is available to high school students only. Gordon Cooper Technology Center also offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology with a Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Service and Light Repair Technician concentration. This program is available to adults only. The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program for adults is Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is certified by the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

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