John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center

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Diesel Equipment Technology  

The Diesel Equipment Technology program at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center provides high school students with a knowledge base and technical skills in all aspects of the diesel equipment technology industry. The program allows students to acquire hours towards certification administered by the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

In the classroom, students receive in-depth lectures on diesel theory and learn the basics of the diesel engine system. Through class discussions, textbooks, and written assignments, students develop strong comprehension in both mathematics and technical writing, and strengthen their critical thinking and reasoning skills. 

In the laboratory, students learn, hands-on, how to inspect, troubleshoot, and repair diesel engines, electronic engine controls, electronic systems, and the various diesel support systems using shop manuals, hand tools, digital diagnostic machines, gauges, wiring diagrams, and power tools. Students will also learn proper preventive maintenance and inspection techniques.

Students will also be expected to practice shop safety and effective time management as they complete each task assigned to them by their instructors in an efficient and timely manner. Work ethics, professionalism, and maintaining a positive workplace attitude will also be stressed throughout the Diesel Equipment Technology program at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center. 

The Diesel Equipment Technology Curriculum

The Diesel Equipment Technology program consists of the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Electronic Engine Control
  • Diesel Engine Components
  • Electronic Systems
  • Diesel Support Systems

Students are required to finish each course and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

From Education to Occupation

Students who successfully complete the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center 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 West Virginia was $36,640 yearly and $17.61 hourly, 19% lower than the national average.

The Two-Year High School Program

The John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center offers a two-year Diesel Equipment Technology program for high school students only. 

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