Lamar Institute of Technology

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Advanced Engine Technology  

The Advanced Engine Technology program at the Lamar Institute of Technology is designed to prepare students for a career in the operation, service, and repair of diesel, multi-fuel, industrial, and consumer-use engines and equipment. Students are trained in the repair and maintenance of the entire industrial engine system used to power heavy-duty trucks, buses, marine vessels, diesel locomotives, bulldozers, earth movers, cranes, farm tractors, and combines, as well as the stand-alone diesel and multi-fuel engines used to power generators, compressors, and pumps.

Students receive in-depth lectures in the classroom on topics such as the theory of automotive technology and automotive engine theory, as well as the design, construction, and principles of operation of the industrial engine system. Students also develop career-relevant computer skills, while they advance their mathematical computation, English comprehension, and diesel trade terminology through written assignments and academic research. Textbooks and class discussions cover topics such as the U.S. Standard and Metric measuring systems, gear ratios, shop management, shop safety and procedures, customer service protocol, failure analysis, and more.

Inside the state-of-the-art training facility is where students acquire valuable hands-on training, watching live demonstrations and receiving instructor guidance as they learn how to inspect, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, industrial engines, multi-fuel engines, fuel systems, brake systems, electrical systems, electronic systems, hydraulic systems, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Students are taught how to properly isolate the cause of the problem, repair, recondition, or replace defective parts, and make adjustments that affect engine life, performance, and emissions. Students also obtain gain hands-on experience in failure analysis and preventive maintenance and inspection.

Students will learn on the most up-to-date computerized diagnostic equipment, as they diagnose and repair the computerized auxiliary systems found on today’s diesel engines. Service manuals, wiring schematics, precision measuring instruments, machine tools, power tools, and hand tools will all be used throughout the program as students learn how to repair, rebuild, recondition, and tune-up diesel engines and their integrated system components by disassembling, inspecting, testing, repairing, and reassembling various diesel engines.

By the end of the training program, students will be highly knowledgeable about industry safety standards, be able to complete the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests, and be able to correctly complete a job application and write an effective resume.

The Advanced Engine Technology Curriculum

The Advanced Engine Technology A.A.S. program contains the following industry-relevant courses:

  • Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Engine Theory
  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Diesel Engine I
  • Diesel Engines II
  • Fuel Systems
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Shop Safety and Procedures
  • Diesel Engine Testing and Repair I
  • Diesel Engine Testing and Repair II
  • HVAC Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Advanced Diesel Tune up and Troubleshooting
  • Failure Analysis
  • Cooperative Education – Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician

Students must also take College Success Skills, Introduction to Computing, Composition I, Fine Arts Appreciation, Contemporary Mathematics I, Business Presentations, and either Introduction to Sociology or General Psychology in order to meet the 70 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students are required to complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

College and Beyond 

Graduates of the Advanced Engine Technology program at the Lamar Institute of Technology can be confident that they possess the education and training necessary to secure an entry-level position as a qualified automotive and/or diesel technician. Occupational opportunities include, but are not limited to, the agricultural industry, the truck transportation industry, the construction industry, the manufacturing industry, the oil drilling industry, automotive repair and maintenance facilities, automotive leasing, and retail and wholesale trade.

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 Texas was $43,720 yearly and $21.02 hourly, just 3% lower than the national average.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

The Lamar Institute of Technology offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Advanced Engine Technology. The Lamar Institute of Technology also offers a one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Advanced Engine Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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