Automotive Training Center – Warminster
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Automotive and Diesel Technology*
The Automotive and Diesel Technology program at the Automotive Training Center is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and strives to create tomorrow’s diesel experts today. The comprehensive program combines classroom lessons with practical hands-on shop experience, equipping individuals with in-depth automotive knowledge, training, and experience.
In the classroom, students receive in-depth lectures on diesel theory and learn the basics of the diesel engine system, including the design, function, and operating principles of the diesel-powered engine. Through lively class discussions, detailed study materials, and written assignments, students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, communication skills, and comprehension in both mathematics and technical writing. Topics of discussion include gear ratios, U.S. Standard and Metric measuring systems, effective shop management, and more.
In the laboratory, students gain practical hands-on training, carefully guided by their instructors as they learn how to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, fuel systems, brakes, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, suspension and steering systems, drive trains, power trains, hydraulic systems, and air conditioning and heating systems. Students learn on diesel engines and heavy equipment manufactured by industry giants like Detroit Diesel, Cummins, and Caterpillar.
Each student will strengthen their mechanical aptitude and develop important analytical, technical, and problem solving skills. Students will also be expected to practice shop safety and effective time management as they complete each task assigned to them by their instructors with proficiency and speed. Work ethics, professionalism, and maintaining a positive workplace attitude will also be stressed throughout the Automotive and Diesel Technology program at the Automotive Training Center.
Students who finish the Automotive and Diesel Technology program at the Automotive Training Center will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to qualify as an entry-level:
- Automotive Technician
- Truck Technician
- Bus Technician
- Marine Diesel Technician
- Injection Pump Rebuilder
- Injection Pump Calibrator
- Power Generator Technician
- Heavy Equipment Technician
- Agricultural Equipment Technician
- Manufacturer Representative
- Service Manager
- Parts Manager
- Service Writer
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 Pennsylvania was $42,770 yearly and $20.56 hourly, just 6% lower than the national average.
The Undergraduate Certificate
The Automotive Training Center offers an 80-week Undergraduate Certificate in Automotive and Diesel Technology. This program is 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)