Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology

Farmers, commercial truck drivers and firefighters are among the many who rely on diesel-powered vehicles and mobile equipment to do their jobs. In our Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology program, students learn how diesel technicians keep harvesters, truck tractors, fire trucks and other big machines rumbling the right way.

They master the following skills while working with vehicles manufactured by Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack Trucks, Navistar, Peterbilt, Volvo and many others:

  • Inspect suspension and steering systems; repair or replace their components
  • Inspect brake systems and drivelines; repair or replace their components
  • Inspect diesel engines; repair or replace their components
  • Inspect air intake, exhaust and fuel systems; repair or replace their components
  • Inspect cooling, electrical and electronic systems; repair or replace their components

Guided by a curriculum developed with industry input, students sharpen their skills in a program lab outfitted with fixed and mobile hydraulic vehicle lifts, a gantry crane, a computerized diagnostic system and other industry-standard equipment. Instruction begins with shop safety, proper tool use and other fundamentals before advancing to activities like performing a diesel engine tune-up or replacing a cylinder head.

Supervised by their instructor, students gain real-world experience by servicing vehicles for local fire and ambulance companies, as well as LCTI’s adult education programs. Upperclassmen are encouraged to further develop their skills by seeking internships or co-op positions with local trucking companies or dealerships.

Our Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology program is accredited by the following organization:

NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)

Industry Credentials

Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • ASE Student Certification via NATEF
  • Certified Safety Inspector via PennDOT
  • S/P2 Heavy-Duty/Diesel Technology via S/P2

College Credits

Statewide and local articulation agreements known as SOAR and ACES, respectively, allow students to earn college credit for their work in the Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology program.

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Fleet Maintenance Technician
  • Mobile Equipment Technician
  • Service/Parts Clerk

with credentials and experience:

  • Manufacturers’ Representative
  • Shop Foreman
  • Transit Vehicle Inspector

with postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Aircraft Technician
  • Master Diesel Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

PROGRAM DETAILS

Teacher: Randy Schock

Email: schockr@lcti.org

CIP Code: 47.0613

Program Task List

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Air Products & Chemicals
  • Hunter Trucks
  • Kermit K. Kistler Inc.
  • Mack Trucks
  • Ransome CAT
  • Werley’s Truck Service

Student Organizations

Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.