Medium- and heavy-duty trucks require educated and experienced technicians for their maintenance and repair.
Students in this program work on late-model trucks and diesel engines to gain this knowledge. They learn electrical and electronic theory, which they apply to computerized control systems used on today’s trucks. They also learn how to service and maintain steering, suspension, chassis and braking systems.
Student are taught about alternative fuels and about hybrid vehicle technology. They also learn vehicle air conditioning recovery and recycling service procedures, and upon completion of the training, may test for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved certification.
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. Diesel Tech at Career & Tech is the only high school-level program in the state to earn certification by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation/ Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF/ASE).