Diesel Truck Technology
Diesel Truck Technology students restore late model over-the-road diesel truck-tractors to like new condition. Each year they refurbish or repair vehicles providing “hands-on” experience in diagnosing, servicing and repairing all major heavy truck systems. Students learn the importance of teamwork and qualify for the PA State Safety Inspection program. The major course topics include: Preventive Maintenance, Engine Systems Theory & Repair, Electrical Systems, and Brakes (air & hydraulic), Power Trains, Steering, Suspension, and Drivelines.
Two Year Half-Day Program
Year One: 8:05 A.M.-10:40 A.M. (36 weeks // 3 credits)
Year Two: 11:35 A.M.-2:10 P.M. (36 weeks // 3 credits)
Mr. Glen Quillen
Students are required to purchase the following at an estimated cost of $125:
- Work Boots (preferably steel-toed)
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) provides industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for students enrolled in career and technical education programs.
Certified Safety Inspector, Cat I
Upon gaining a thorough understanding of auto mechanics, including brakes and alignment, individuals can become certified to work on category 1 vehicles which include passenger cars/trucks and trailers.
Certified Safety Inspector, Cat III
Upon gaining a thorough understanding of auto mechanics, including brakes and alignment, individuals can become certified to work on category 3 vehicles which include overdimension vehicles and trailers.
College Articulation and Credits
Career opportunities range from maintenance mechanic to fleet manager, and may begin in high school with a Co-Op position providing job experience and a salary. Employers in the South Central Motor Truck Association sponsor this program, provide student scholarships, and employ graduates.
- Preventive Maintenance Mechanic
- Repair Shop Owner
- Fuel Injection Specialist
- Shift Lead Mechanic
- Shop Foreman
- Service Manager
- Line Mechanic
- Fleet Manager
- Diesel Mechanic
- Heavy Equipment Mechanic
- Engine Specialist
GRADUATES EMPLOYED BY:
- Swift Trucking
- USA Trucking
- New Penn Motor Express
- Owl Creek Truck Service
- Lesher Mack Sales and Service
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
|Position||PA Projected Employment Growth 2014-2024||Entry Salary||Avg PA Salary||Experienced Salary|
|Bus & Truck Mechanic||13%||$31,870||$44,680||$51,080|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||5%||$38,580||$50,670||$56,710|
|Farm Equipment Mechanic||8%||$25,560||$37,840||$43,980|
“Being in business for myself, I can now see that my instructor really knew the material he was teaching. He taught me how to be successful in the real world. I believe in the program so much that I even purchased one of the truck-tractors that the students refurbish each year.”
Palmyra and LCCTC Graduate
“I think the program is a good one. We’ve hired several people who have been with us for over 20 years. You really get good and knowledgeable people.”
Central Penn Pump Co.