Hands-on training supported by theory to provide qualified technicians.
Training is provided in a vast array of areas: Safety, tools & equipment, employability skills, entrepreneurship, preventative maintenance, cooling systems, suspension, steering, exhaust systems, electrical/electronic systems, starting systems, charging systems, vehicle heat-AC systems, compressors, brakes (air/hydraulic), related welding, diesel engine repair, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, differentials, transmission (automatic/standard).
Students completing this program are readily employed in a wide variety of related industries. There is a worldwide shortage of diesel/heavy duty truck and bus technicians.
This program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as:
- Bus/truck technicians for/as: manufacturer dealers, independent dealers, fleet service technicians, field technicians, or system specialist
- Parts department: counter person, inventory control, or export-manager
- Sales: new and used
- Bus/truck repair facility owner
Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 12% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As more freight is shipped across the country, additional diesel-powered trucks will be needed to carry freight where trains and pipelines are not available or economical.
The average earnings for bus and truck technicians and diesel engine specialists were $21.02 per hour or $43,720 annually. A technician with 2-5 years’ experience can increase their salary by approximately $5,000 annually, master technicians may earn more.