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Diesel Truck Technician  

The Diesel Truck Technician program at the Washington County Skill Center is designed to give students a balance of diesel theory and practical hands-on experience, diagnosing, servicing, repairing, and rebuilding the diesel engines utilized by today’s buses, trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment.

In the classroom, students are taken through the fundamentals of the diesel engine system, learning diesel theory, engine design, function, and principles of operation, as they develop strong thinking and reasoning skills by participating in class discussions, practicing mathematical computation, and completing written assignments.

In the training facility, students learn, hands-on, about the features and functions of the diesel engine and its integrated system components. Students acquire hands-on training in heavy equipment and diesel engine tune-up, by disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling various diesel engines and heavy equipment, using computerized diagnostic machines, precision gauges, circuit diagrams, technical manuals, hand tools, and power tools. 

Students will learn about the value of teamwork, interpersonal communication, and effective time management, as they work both independently, and in groups, to complete each and every task assigned to them by their instructors in an efficient and timely manner. Shop safety, professionalism, a positive workplace attitude, and effective customer service skills will also be discussed and practiced in the Diesel Truck Technician program at the Washington County Skill Center.

What to Expect After School 

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 Virginia was $43,200 yearly and $20.77 hourly, just 4% lower than the national average.

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Truck Technician program at the Washington County Skill Center will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to gain employment as a qualified diesel mechanic in the diesel truck and heavy equipment repair industry. Graduates can expect to secure an entry-level position at diesel truck dealerships, heavy equipment dealerships, agricultural equipment dealerships, bus lines, fleet shops, construction companies, independent service garages, and on farms and ranches. 

The Undergraduate Certificate

The Washington County Skill Center offers a 31-week Diesel Truck Technician Undergraduate Certificate. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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