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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center prepares both high school seniors and adult students for entry-level employment in the medium and heavy duty truck transportation industry. Students learn how to troubleshoot and repair commercial vehicle systems by using the same advanced diagnostic equipment and repair equipment as master technicians working in the job field. 

Students watch live demonstrations and gain practical hands-on training, carefully guided by their instructors, as they learn how to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, fuel systems, brake systems, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, suspension and steering systems, drive lines, hydraulic systems, and air conditioning and heating systems. Students also learn how to properly perform preventive maintenance and inspection procedures. 

Using shop manuals, hand tools, advanced diagnostic machines, gauges, and wiring diagrams, students disassemble, inspect, diagnose, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their integrated system components, learn9ing hands-on how to perform diesel engine rebuilds and tune-ups.

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 speed and accuracy. Ethics, professionalism, and interpersonal communication will also be stressed throughout the Diesel Equipment Technology program at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center. 

What to Expect After School

Students who finish the Diesel Equipment Technology program at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center will be well-equipped to secure employment in the diesel technology job field as an entry-level:

  • Diesel Truck Line Mechanic
  • Engine Specialist
  • Equipment Salesperson
  • Parts Salesperson
  • Hydraulic Systems Specialist
  • Industrial Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Power Generation Mechanic
  • Preventive Maintenance Mechanic
  • Suspension Specialist
  • Driveline Specialist

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 Two-Year Undergraduate Certificate

The Lancaster County Career & Technology Center offers a two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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