Diesel Technician Profession

Diesel Technicians work in a variety of settings overseeing and improving the performance of modern diesel engines and commercial vehicles, as well as sophisticated heavy equipment systems with electronic functions and advanced computer controls. Employed by major trucking companies, delivery enterprises, municipal transit systems and other transportation organizations, diesel technicians serve their customers with job titles such Diesel Service Technician, Diesel Technician, and Diesel Mechanic. Certification: Students who complete this comprehensive program are not only prepared for entry-level positions as technicians in diesel engine repair shops and related facilities, they will be eligible to sit for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair (G1) certification exam. Certification will issue once candidates complete and submit the 2-year work experience requirement.

The Diesel Technician Program

The Diesel Tech program provides students with 200 hours of training and the entry level skills required to start a career in automotive repair and maintenance. The program is delivered through an intensive hands-on lab approach allowing students to concentrate on practical skills education and execution alongside supplemental online curriculum. The students will become proficient in preventative maintenance and inspections by performing procedures in electrical, brakes, lubrication, hub seals, HVAC, Aftertreatment systems, and diagnostics equipment.

Diesel Technician Program:  The next program is scheduled for Spring 2020 and run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturdays from May until August. For information on cost and grant/scholarship opportunities, contact Jack Drooger at jadrooger@hagerstowncc.edu or complete the online grant application.

Detailed Program Objectives

  • Inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines and vehicles
  • Consult with customers, read work orders, and determine the work required
  • Plan inspection, repair, and maintenance procedures using technical information
  • Implement safety awareness and procedures in the workplace
  • Read and interpret diagnostic test results to identify mechanical problems in all areas of the vehicle
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment in all areas of the vehicle
  • Perform basic care and maintenance on diesel engines and vehicles in all areas
  • Apply an understanding of basic electricity fundamentals, electronics, and computers to engine and vehicle repair and maintenance

Program Requirements:

  • Must have a GED or high school diploma
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a Driver’s License