Diesel Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student working on diesel engine

About this program

Diesel engines power all types of vehicles from highway trucks to industrial equipment and marine vessels. And that’s why Penn College has designed a specialized program to address growing industry demands. From basic engine and power train principles to electronic troubleshooting and automatic transmission rebuilds, you’ll learn what it takes to take the lead in this thriving career field. 

50+

Newer Model Diesel Engines

100%

Overall Placement

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)

​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.

  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP)

​​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)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Introduction to Welding Processes (WEL100)
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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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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Dual Degree

On-Site Power Generation & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in Diesel Technology are eligible to earn a second degree in On-Site Power Generation or Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (Technician or Caterpillar Equipment emphasis) in as few as three years. Students may work with their adviser to declare a dual degree, taking courses for both degrees simultaneously. 

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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 work experience, graduates are prepared for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Examination in heavy 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