Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology

Location: East Campus (Oley)                   Instructor: Kevin Heimbach                   CIP Code: 47.0613

Diesel engines are found in trucks, trains, buses, construction and agricultural equipment and many other types of transportation vehicles. As the diesel equipment industry continues to expand, the demand for mechanics and technicians to repair and maintain diesel equipment grows.

Using state-of-the-art classroom and lab experiences, the program prepares students to engage in diagnosis, servicing, and maintenance of diesel trucks. Students begin with the fundamentals and learn to identify and properly use tools and fasteners as well as general reconditioning skills. Students learn to inspect, repair and replace components of the suspension, fifth wheel, steering, brake, engine, cooling, fuel, electrical/electronic, air intake and exhaust, clutches, transmissions, air conditioning systems, as well as drive lines and rear axles. Welding processes and safety techniques are also taught.

Students are taught to use service and technical information systems and are also prepared to obtain Pennsylvania State Inspection certification.

Graduates of this program are well-prepared to enter the workforce as bus and truck mechanics, diesel engine specialists, and heavy truck mechanics. Additional education after high school can lead to many opportunities in service management, training, and advanced diesel principles.

Industry Certifications:

Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I*
CDL License (at reduced student cost and student must be 18 years old to take the CDL class)
Daimler Trucks North America Get Ahead Certification
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-hour Certification
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Certificate
Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery

*A student may take the Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I test; however, PennDot holds the certificate until the student is 18 years old


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

·One Navy Diesel Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Navy Industrial Work Pants – proper fitting & no holes
·One Charcoal Diesel Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL:
· Navy Short Sleeve Pocket Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo
N/A Leather work boots with or without steel toe
– NO cowboy boots or sneakers allowed
Safety glasses with sides shields or safety goggles provided by BCTC



The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com.  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.   

Both books must be purchased for the start of the 1st year in the program. Books can be purchased on-line or are available for purchase through BCTC.  See program Instructor for more information.

Heavy Duty Truck Systems (7th Edition) – by Sean Bennett

ISBN-13 #: 978-1337787109
Students do NOT need to purchase workbook for this text.

Diesel Engine Technology: Fundamentals, Service, Repair (9th Edition) – by James Mack, Andrew Norman, John “Drew” Corinchock

ISBN #:  978-1-64564-685-3
Students do NOT need to purchase workbook for this text.

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Leather work boots with or without steel toe; No cowboy boots or sneakers allowed 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Earbuds/Headphones for Computer Audio 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Diesel Technology

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Bus, Truck Mechanic & Diesel Engine Specialist
  • Heavy Truck Mechanic/Maintenance Repairer
  • Maintenance Lubrication Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Assembly Specialist
  • Service Manager
  • Mechanic Apprentice
  • Service Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Instructor