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Mechanics & Repairs:
Heavy Duty Diesel Pathway

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Program Description
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills in the field of maintenance and overhaul of such equipment. Includes instruction in inspection, maintenance, and repair of tracks, wheels, brakes, operating controls, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electrical/electronics circuitry, and engines. These courses are based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) task list. Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the classroom and lab activities of these courses.

You Will Learn
  • How to inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines used to power machines.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Mechanics & Repairs: Heavy Duty Diesel - PDF

Industry Certification
Earn industry certification in this Pathway.
-Heavy Duty Diesel Industry Certification - PDF

  • Heavy Duty Diesel

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Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Diesel Engine Specialist
  • Heavy Duty Diesel Teacher
  • Mechanics and Repairer Helper
Workforce Trends
Employment growth will result from the increased manufacturing of buses and trucks powered by durable, economical diesel engine. Opportunities are good for those with formal diesel mechanic training and experience with electronic and diagnostic equipment.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 1.3 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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