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Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology

The Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology programs at Lincoln Tech provides specialized training, knowledge, and skills for students who desire to learn how to diagnose, repair, and maintain diesel engines and heavy duty trucks and equipment including buses, 18-wheelers, diesel trucks, construction equipment, and more.

Classroom instruction and hands-on training provides each student with the opportunity to build career-specific skills in specialized areas such as diesel engine diagnostics,  heavy duty transmission maintenance and repair, clutches, and hydraulic systems. ASE certified and experienced instructors will train each student how to properly use the manuals, machinery, computers, and tools needed to successfully and safely diagnose and repair diesel engines and equipment. Students will also receive hands-on experience with oxy acetylene torches and metal inert gas (MIG) welders.

Graduates of the Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology programs at Lincoln Tech will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel technician in today’s truck and diesel industry.

The Diesel and Truck Service Management Curriculum

The Diesel and Truck Service Management Degree program consists of the following industry-relevant courses:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Gasoline Engine Construction and Operation
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune Up
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Truck Electrical and Electronics
  • Welding and Hydraulics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Service Shop Procedures

Students are also required to take Introduction to Critical Thinking, Psychology, American Government, College Algebra, and English Composition I, in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree program. Students must complete each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, to be eligible to graduate.

The Diesel and Truck Technology Curriculum

The Diesel and Truck Technology Diploma program is made up of the following career-specific classes:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Gasoline Engine Construction and Operation
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune Up
  • Heavy Duty Drive Trains
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Truck Electrical and Electronics
  • Welding and Hydraulics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Service Shop Procedures

Students are not required to take any general education classes in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Diesel and Truck Diploma program. Students are required to complete each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate from the program.

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Curriculum

The Diesel and Truck Mechanics Certificate program contains the following career-focused classes:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Electrical Systems
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune Up
  • Truck Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Air and Hydraulic Brake Systems

Students are not required to take any general education classes in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Diesel and Truck Mechanics Certificate program. Students are required to complete each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, to be eligible to graduate from the program.

The Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology Curriculum

The Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology Diploma program consists of the following job-relevant courses:

  • Driving Your Performance
  • Gasoline Engine Construction and Operation
  • Fuel and Emissions Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Automatic Transmissions
  • Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories
  • Diesel Engines Construction and Operation
  • Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune Up
  • Truck Electrical and Electronics
  • Hydraulics for Heavy Equipment Application
  • Welding & Safe Equipment Operation
  • Heavy Equipment Powertrains
  • Heavy Equipment Systems

Students are not required to take any general education classes in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Diesel and Truck Diploma program. Students are required to complete each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate from the program.

Job Outlook

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology programs at Lincoln Tech will not only be ready to take the ASE certification exams, they will possess all the basic skills necessary to gain entry-level employment as qualified diesel mechanics, working in 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 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diesel Technology Diploma, and Undergraduate Certificate

Lincoln Tech offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with an emphasis in Diesel and Truck Service Management. Lincoln Tech also offers a one-year Diesel Technology Diploma with an emphasis in Diesel and Truck Technology as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with an emphasis in Diesel & Truck Mechanics. Finally, Lincoln Tech offers a 56-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology Diploma. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible. Certain students may qualify for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) to help pay for their education.

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