Diesel Technician

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About this program

This fully-loaded program pulls together the diverse skillset needed to launch a career as a diesel technician. Learn how to repair, maintain, and diagnose malfunctions. Master troubleshooting techniques. And study what it takes to keep vehicles, industrial equipment, ships, and other maritime vessels running at peak performance.  

Extensive Hands-On Program

50+

Newer Model Diesel Engines

4

Opportunity to Earn Four Certifications

Careers

  • Heavy-duty truck technician 
  • Field service and sales representative 
  • Service and warranty writer 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engines Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Introduction to Hydraulics (DSM117)
  • Basic Electricity (DSM120)
  • Truck Tractor Chassis and Alignment (DSM140)
  • Heavy Duty Brake Systems (DSM141)
  • Powertrain and Brake Systems Lab (DSM142)
  • Commercial Truck Power Train and State Inspection (DSM146)
  • Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation and Diagnostics (DSM289)
  • Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems (DSM242)
  • Allison Transmissions (DSM245)
  • Vehicle Electronics/Diagnostic Procedures (DSM258)
  • Truck and Trailer Refrigeration Systems (DSM268)
  • Automated and Hybrid Drive Systems (DSM278)
  • Introduction to Welding Processes (WEL100)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Open Elective / Certificate (OEC)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Career Mathematics (MTH011)
  • Communications (ENL010)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Gain hands-on experience in advanced learning labs where you’ll work on equipment just like you can expect to see after graduation.  

While you're here, you'll have an opportunity to earn certifications in: 

  • Stationary Refrigeration (608) 
  • Motor Vehicle Air-Conditioning (609) 
  • Allison Transmission Certification 
  • Level 1 Eaton Hybrid Certification 
Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Diesel Performance Technicians Association

Expand learning opportunities and meet others who share your interest in diesel performance.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Graduates are prepared to take the Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety Inspection Examination and upon graduating from the program and securing two years of diesel National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Examination in heavy duty truck mechanics.

View the Diesel Equipment Technology Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • leather work shoes or boots
  • glasses, safety, clear lens/black frames

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Don Casterline, '80, Owner, Casterline Diesel, Inc.
  • Mr. Christopher R Clary, Manager, Operations, IMG Midstream
  • Mr. Eric Faust, '09, Equipment Maintenance Foreman, Halliburton Energy Services
  • Mr. Matthew Fogtman, '06, '13, On-highway Product Support Representative, Alban CAT
  • Mr. Joseph Leasure, Operations Manager, Service & Rental, Cummins Bridgeway, LLC
  • Mr. Christopher Malm, General Service Manager, Power Generation, West Branch Diesel
  • Mr. Frank Miller, Executive Vice President, Kenworth of PA
  • Mr. Gregory A Moore, Sr., Senior Field Technician, Fidelity Engineering, Inc.
  • Mr. Gregory A Moser, '99, Manager, FedEx Freight
  • Mr. Timothy B Moyer, Technical Trainer, Refrigeration, Penn Power Group
  • Mr. Jack Neidig, '86, Instructor, SUN Area Career & Technology Center
  • Mr. John Niebauer, General Manager, W. W. Engine & Supply, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Ritchey, '93, Vice President/Owner, Curry Supply Co.
  • Mr. Raymond A Roland, Shop Operations Manager, Travel Centers of America
  • Mr. Robert E Weller, General Services Manager, Penn Power Systems
  • Mr. Douglas C Wetzel, '81, Engine Training Instructor, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Jay A Zeigler, Manager, Truck Engine Department, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company Inc.
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

SASC, Rm. 1077
800.367.9222 ext. 7515
llg6@pct.edu