Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment

  • Location: Orleans Career and Technical Education Center
    Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

    Westin Blidy - email: wblidy@onboces.org
    Mike Schultz - email: mschultz@onboces.org

    Click on the link to watch our students in action: Orleans Diesel Technology or Niagara Diesel Technology

    Heavy Equipment/Diesel/Agriculture Mechanics is a two-year program open to all high school juniors and seniors.  Students who have found an interest in working with machines in the construction, agriculture, trucking, lawn and garden industry, welding and Armed Forces should consider this program.  Students will be working on trucks (pickups and semis), tractors, forklifts, backhoes, bulldozers, skid steers and hydraulic excavators.  Students will also work in groups for engine teardown, overhaul and failure analysis. 


    1. To provide instruction to help students achieve the skills and experiences necessary so that they may gain employment.
    2. Prepare students that wish to study at college with general repair knowledge to help them achieve success in their post-secondary goals.
    3. To provide students with job seeking skills necessary to find and obtain employment in the field of their choice.
    4. Assist students in developing and maintaining work habits, proper attitudes, and the ability to work harmoniously with others.
    5. Provide students with leadership training activities that will enlarge their vision and enrich their lives for better citizenship through FFA and SkillsUSA organizations.

    Units of Study

    Safety Overhaul/Service & Tune-up Medium and Heavy Duty Diesel Engines, Basic Welding (Arc, Acetylene, MIG), Air Conditioning Service & Troubleshooting, Transmissions/Clutches/Torque Converters & Air Brake Systems, Heavy Equipment Preventative Maintenance, Troubleshoot and Service Hydraulic Systems, 12/24 Volt Electrical Charging and Starting Circuits, Electronic Engine Controls and Troubleshooting, Heavy Equipment Operation.

    How to Enroll

    Orleans/Niagara BOCES partners with local school districts to provide exciting hands-on career and technical training during normal school day.  To learn more, speak with your high school counselor.

    NYS Approved Program Title & CIP Code

    Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician – 47.0605

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: Diesel Service Technician, increased demand 5%*
    • Associate’s Degree: Heavy Equipment Mechanic, increased demand 8%*
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Agricultural Engineer, increased demand 8%*

    *Projected national growth for 2016-2026, US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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