Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology


diesel techDiesel Technology

Instructor: Chuck Lyman
clyman@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595 ext 409

The Diesel Technology program provides juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn real-life skills while learning Diesel Technology theory and completing applied technical projects. Led by an instructor who is ASE Master Certified in Truck, Auto, Service Consulting and Parts Specialist, the program begins with students learning a variety of methods. These include repair, service and maintenance of diesel engines in a variety of forms:  automobiles, agricultural & construction equipment, trucks, and buses.  Students have the opportunity to work with customers, suppliers and other professionals.

The program culminates with students completing an intensive individualized project that tests the student's knowledge and learning of real-world methodologies.  Our students work on leadership skills through their involvement with Skills USA organization.  Other opportunities for eligible students may include: earning a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), taking a college class through the Vermont State Colleges, earn industry training from Freightliner and Peterbilt, earn Automotive and Diesel ASE certifications, and experiencing job cooperative opportunities.  From welding to rebuilds, students thrive in their ability to work in our custom equipped shop.

College Credit and Industry Certifications: Students completing the program can earn up to 6 college credits at Vermont Technical College in the following dual enrollment courses: DSL 1020, Diesel Power Systems (3 credits); and DSL 1040, Basic Electricity and Electrical Systems (3 credits). They can also take up to 4 ASE Certification Exams and earn advanced placement and 12 credits in Ohio Tech’s Diesel Program. Students are also able to train and test for the National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment in Medium/Heavy Diesel systems.

After the Program: Graduates of the Diesel Technology program are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program. Past students have attended Vermont Technical College, Ohio Technical College, University of Northwestern Ohio, Advanced Welding Institute, and the Universal Technical Institute. They have also entered the workforce as diesel truck technicians, heavy equipment operators, welders/fabricators, automotive technicians, shop foremen, and parts specialists.

Interests and Attitudes: Students applying to the Diesel Technology program should be interested in careers as diesel technicians, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers or related occupations; a desire to learn real-life skills related to Diesel Technology theory and application; a commitment to completing all assigned coursework; a willingness to engage in applied technical projects as well as significant classroom instruction; and an ability to exhibit initiative, responsibility, and accountability.