Lebanon County Career & Technology Center
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Diesel Truck Technology
The Diesel Truck Technology program at the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment in the diesel technology career field. Students gain practical hands-on experience restoring late model over-the-road tractor-trailer trucks to “like new” condition. By refurbishing and repairing diesel-powered vehicles, students acquire job-specific hands-on training in diagnosing, servicing, and repairing all major truck systems using the same tools and equipment that master technicians use in the diesel truck and heavy equipment repair industry. Students will also have the opportunity to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Safety Inspection program.
Through classroom lectures, textbooks, class discussions, and written assignments, students learn engine systems theory, developing important thinking, reasoning, and communication 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, power trains, suspension systems, steering systems, drivelines, air brakes, hydraulic brakes, electrical systems, and more. 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.
Thanks to the Co-Op program, sponsored by the South Central Motor Truck Association, students have the opportunity to gain real-world job experience before they even graduate from the Diesel Truck Technology program at the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center. Some students may even qualify for scholarships provided by the South Central Motor Truck Association.
From Education to Occupation
Students who successfully complete the Diesel Truck Technology program at the Lebanon County Career & Technology Center may receive college credits from the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) and the Automotive Training Center. Employment opportunities include an entry-level position as a diesel truck mechanic, industrial mechanic, farm equipment mechanic, preventive maintenance mechanic, equipment specialist, or parts 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 Undergraduate Certificate
The Lebanon County Career & Technology Center offers a 9-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Truck Technology for adult students only. The Lebanon County Career & Technology Center also offers an 18-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Truck Technology for high school students only. The 9-month Diesel Truck Technology program for adults is Pell Grant eligible.