Heavy Equipment: Truck and Diesel Technician (AOS)
This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training. Students receive their basics in the first year on all types of vehicles. The senior year concentrates on trucks, bulldozers, earthmovers, farm tractors and other diesel-powered equipment. Our heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician program is the only program in New York and New England that is approved by the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS). The heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician program is one of only nine national ADS TechSmart training programs.
- Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.
- Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck drive trains.
- Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck electrical and electronic systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck gas engines.
- Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heavy equipment/truck brakes, steering, and suspension systems.
Applicants for all programs in the Automotive Trades Department must meet the following physical requirements:
- Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
- Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.
- Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.
- Must have a valid motor vehicle license and be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle.
- Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
- Must be able to understand information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
- Must meet qualifications for a NYS driver’s license.
Students may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in eight areas and the ADS TechCert test. Students are eligible for New York State inspection certification upon successful completion of their freshman year. In their senior year, students may take the test for certification in Basic Engine Theory through the Association of Diesel Specialists.
- Offers instruction in maintenance, inspection, and repair of heavy equipment, trucks, and related vehicles
- Live work in a well-equipped shop, allowing hands-on repair and maintenance of late model units
- ADS (Association of Diesel Specialists) TechSmart Training Center; only school in the Northeast that is a TechSmart school
- One of only a few schools that teach
Two-year BOCES graduates who have an 80 percent class average, have a letter of recommendation from their vocational instructor, and who present a portfolio may be allowed to advance beyond minimum requirements and improve the grade for the college courses, pursue individual interests within a course, or sample course work in a separate automotive program to broaden their experience.
A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.
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- Service Manager
- Diesel Engine Specialist
- Diesel Fuel System Specialist
- Shop Foreman
- Heavy Equipment Mechanic
- Truck Fleet Mechanic
- Industrial Equipment Mechanic
- Marine Engine Service Technician
Alfred State heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
The students receive 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training of which 1,400 hours are lab work. There are one-and-one-half hours of lecture with four-and-one-half hours of lab work each day, for five days, 15 weeks a semester. The approximate class size is 20 freshmen and 20 seniors.
|AUTO||1245||Basic Truck Electronics & Component Overhaul||5|
|AUTO||1219||Truck Brakes, Steering & Suspension Systems||9|
|AUTO||1239||Inspection, Maintenance, Air Conditioning, Cooling & Heating||9|
|AUTO||2169||Truck Gasoline Engine Tune-Up, Electrical Engine Controls & Electrical Diagnosis||9|
|AUTO||3609||Heavy Duty Drive Train||9|
|AUTO||3649||Diesel Engine Service||9|
|AUTO||3623||Air Brake Service||3|
|AUTO||4363||Heavy Duty Electrical/Hydraulic Specialties||3|
|AUTO||4669||Diesel Fuel System Service||9|
|AUTO||2503||Preventive Maintenance for Heavy Truck & Diesel||3|
Continuing Students: Students successfully completing the heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician program receive first priority for space if they wish a third year (senior year) in automotive service technician. They may be admitted to autobody repair with the department chair’s approval.
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