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Auto Diesel Technician  

The Auto Diesel Technician training program at Crown School of Trades & Technology is designed to equip students with the specific knowledge and specialized training needed to become proficient, entry-level technicians, able to service, maintain, and repair both automotive and heavy duty diesel trucks. By the end of the program, each student should be fully prepared to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

Students are taught such topics as diesel theory and the fundamentals of the diesel engine system in the classroom, receiving in-depth lectures about the design, function, and various types of diesel engines being utilized by diesel trucks and heavy equipment today. Through class discussions and written assignments, students develop strong communication, comprehension, and computational skills in technical mathematics and writing, critical to the success of each and every diesel mechanic.

In the training facility, students are taught and guided by ASE Certified instructors who have over 50 years of combined professional experience. Through the observation of live demonstrations and task-specific hands-on training, students are taught the modern techniques used to properly troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair the diesel engines, diesel fuel systems, hydraulic brakes, heavy duty brakes, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, power trains, steering and suspension systems, fuel, ignition, and emission systems, and heating and air conditioning systems, and other systems utilized by cars, and light, medium, and heavy duty trucks.

Each student will learn on the most current diagnostic equipment as they diagnose and repair the computerized auxiliary systems found on today’s diesel engines. Precision measuring instruments, service manuals, volt meters, power tools, wiring diagrams, and hand tools, will all be used to perform diesel engine overhauls by disassembling, inspecting, testing, fixing, and reassembling various diesel engines with precision and accuracy.

Students will learn the value of effective time management, teamwork, and shop safety as they work alone and in groups to complete each career-specific task, administered to them by their instructors, in a precise and timely manner. Ethics, integrity, professionalism, and a exuding a Godly attitude in the workplace will also be stressed.

The Auto Diesel Technician Courses

The Auto Diesel Technician training program is made up of the following industry-specific courses:

  • Introduction to Automotive Service
  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Electrical Systems
  • Internship I
  • Power Fundamentals with Engine Overhaul
  • Steering and Suspensions
  • Power Trains I
  • Internship II
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Fuel, Ignition and Emission Systems
  • Heat and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Internship III
  • Basic Welding
  • Heavy Duty Brakes
  • Power Trains II
  • ASE Preparation
  • Internship IV

In addition to Freshmen Orientation, students are also required to take 31 credit hours of assigned Bible Courses that include Old Testament Survey, Hermeneutics and Bible Study, Bible Doctrine I, Introduction to Missions, Bible Doctrine II, Baptist History and Distinctives, and Creation Science in order to fulfill the 74 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Bible classes and Trade School classes are scheduled concurrently so that they may all be completed within two years. Students are required to finish each course and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate. Each student is also required to have at least two ASE certifications prior to graduating. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications are offered several times throughout the year.

What to Expect After College

Students who successfully complete the Auto Diesel Technician training program at Crown School of Trades & Technology will not only be ready to take and pass the ASE certification exams, they will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment as qualified diesel mechanics working in car and truck dealerships, fleet shops, and independent repair shops.

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 Tennessee was $43,190 yearly and $20.77 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

Crown School of Trades & Technology offers a two-year Auto Diesel Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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