Automotive-Diesel Technology

Automotive-Diesel instructor demonstrates repair  techniques to students

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics
is projected to have 69,000 openings per year.

The median annual wage for 2020 was $44,050 or $21.18 per hour.

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology Program is accredited and certified by the ASE Education Foundation. The Program includes a Light Duty Diesel component. Students learn the fundamentals of maintaining and repairing cars and light trucks. Students gain experience through demonstration, practical theory and hands-on shop projects, while working in a state-of-the-art facility. After three years in the Program, students are eligible for work-study placement in repair shops throughout the region.


Students who graduate from the Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology Program can pursue a career as an Automotive Technician as well as related careers. Graduates may also elect to further their education by attending college or a post-secondary technical institution. Some fourth year students may have the opportunity to earn credits for real world employment.


Automotive-Diesel Student

CurriculumAutomotive student in front of truck with open hood being repaired

Year 1
Shop Safety, Automotive Fundamentals;
Manual Driveline; Automotive Electricity
and Electronics I

Year 2
Automotive Electricity and Electronics II;
Gas and Diesel Engine Performance;
Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles

Year 3
Steering, Suspension and Alignment;
Brake Systems;
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Year 4
Advanced and Independent Study

Automotive-Diesel Student

Future Careers

Automotive Service Technician
Automotive Business Owner
Diesel Service Technician
Military Vehicle Mechanic
Maintenance Mechanic
Mechanical Engineer


Automotive-Diesel Student Plans at Graduation   

Recent Student

Advanced Technology Institute
Autosport Honda
Lincoln Tech Diesel Campus
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Raritan Valley Community College
Supertool Automotive
United States Army

Diesel student working on piece of equipment as instructor looks on

Mechanics and Repair Technology

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