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Diesel Technology

Diesel technology is used in some car engines, as well as in the engines of trains, construction equipment, commercial trucks, large ships, airplanes and other large vehicles.

Students learn the skills required to work as a diesel technician?maintaining and repairing diesel engines, brake systems, steering systems, suspension systems, and electrical systems. Skills taught include working with hand tools and power tools as well as computer technologies and business softwares. Students also learn about specific contexts that rely on diesel technology such as airports and marinas.

Some schools offer State-Approved (Chapter-74) programs in Diesel Technology. These programs provide all of the training required to begin entry-level work in the field. Other schools may offer a more condensed version of this training, which has been designed at the local level. This is known as Non-Chapter 74 or "Perkins-Only." Learn more about the difference between State-Approved and Local CTE programs.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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