Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology

diesel instructor shows a young learner a diesel engineDiesel Technology

Instructor: Chuck Lyman
802-728-9595 ext 409

The Diesel Technology program provides students 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, the program begins with students learning a variety of methods including 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 their knowledge and learning of real-world methodologies.  Our students work on leadership skills through involvement with Skills USA.  Other opportunities for eligible students may include: earning a Commercial Driver's License (CDL); taking an early college class; industry training from Freightliner and Peterbilt; Automotive and Diesel ASE certifications; and cooperative work opportunities.  From welding to rebuilds, students thrive in our custom equipped shop.

To view our Program of Study, Syllabus, and other important documents, please click on the 'documents' box to the left.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov

Career opportunities include:

Diesel truck technicians                
Ag. Technician
Heavy equipment operators        
Marine Technician
Aviation Technician
Automotive technicians                
Truck Driver
Shop foremen
Auto & diesel parts specialists

Average salaries for Diesel Tech grads:

Diesel Technician - $50,000
Heavy Equipment Svc Technician - $43,800
Auto Body / Glass Installer - $37,700
Aircraft Mechanic / Technician - $55,200
Automotive Parts Salesperson - $21,400
Welder/Fabricator - $38,500
Auto/Diesel Shop Foreman - $60,000
Marine Technician - $53,800        

Community Partners / Employers:

Freightliner of NH
Lucky’s Trailer Sales and Peterbilt of Vermont 
Champlain Valley Equipment
Randolph Auto and Truck Supply (Napa)                              
Green Mountain Pipeline

College Credit and Industry Certifications:

Over the past few years, students in the Diesel Tech program have earned hundreds of certificates from recognized and respected providers such as Meritor, Fleetguard Filters, Peterbilt and Freightliner - the same certificates that are earned by diesel mechanics that work in the industry.
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.

Past students have attended Vermont Technical College, Ohio Technical College, University of Northwestern Ohio, Advanced Welding Institute

State Approved IRC’s:
First aid, CPR, AED
ASE Diesel (4)
ASE Automotive (10)
Webb Wheel (3)
Commercial Driver’s License learner permit
Conmet hub training

Online Training:
Meritor (19)
Bendix (5)
Fontaine Fifth Wheel (1)
Fleetguard Filters (5)
Trojan Batteries (3)
P.B. Blaster (2)
Shell Rotella (1)
Peterbilt Training
Freightliner Training

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.