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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Diesel Tech

Diesel sstudentsWorking on buses or trucks to their engines purr is an exciting and lucrative career field.  

The Capital Region BOCES CTE Diesel Tech the only high school-level program in the state to earn certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF/ASE), ensuring that its graduates are ready for the lucrative career opportunities that exist.

The phones at CTE regularly buzz with businesses looking to hire graduates of the program. Whether serving as diesel engine technician, bus, truck or fleet technician, dealership technician or service manager, opportunities abound in New York and beyond.

Fast Facts

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: "Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations,â€� according to industry statistics.
    Median U.S. Salary
    : $42,320 (in 2012)
  • Education requirements: Many diesel service technicians and mechanics learn informally on the job, but employers increasingly prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine repair. Though not required, industry certification can be important for diesel mechanics.

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How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Diesel Tech students work on actual trucks and repair and operate diesel engines. Students also learn electrical/electronic theory, which they apply to computerized control systems used on todays trucks, and learn how to service and maintain a trucks chassis, steering, suspension and braking systems.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-style testing during the Diesel Tech program prepares students to pursue certification after graduation. Upon completion of the program, students may secure employment as entry-level technicians or advance their education and training.

Click here for units of study.

College articulation agreements

  • SUNY Alfred
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Morrisville
  • Ohio Technical College
  • University of Northwestern Ohio

Diesel students work in the lab

Going Green:

  • Diesel truck and bus exhaust has become so clean, it would take 60 new clean diesel trucks to equal the soot emissions of just one truck sold in 1988. The EPA predicts that once clean diesel trucks replace the existing fleet, annual smog-forming gas emissions will drop by 2.6 million tons, and soot emissions by 110,000 tons. [Source:]
  • More than 40% of all medium and heavy-duty diesel commercial trucks in operation in the United States are currently equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines, according to new Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) analysis of IHS Automotive vehicles in operation statistics.
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Teacher: Sam Frink (learn more about him using the provided link)

Integration teacher: Joanne Clegg (science) and Kristina Fermann (English) (Learn more about her by following the link)

Guidance couselor: Nina Farrell (email her using the provided link)

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