Diesel Technology Program


The Diesel Technology program at HHS Dean Campus is a Chapter 74 approved program that provides students the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the field of Diesel Technology. The four-year Diesel Technology program incorporates all six strands of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks and is designed to provide students with foundational skills that includes engines, brake systems, steering systems, suspension systems, and general electrical repairs necessary for entry-level diesel technician positions.

 With safety a top priority, students are instructed on safety practices from the first day of class and earn OSHA 10 and Lift Safety certification by the junior year.  Along with the technical skills and safety, students receive instruction in diagnostics and repair, preventative maintenance, and shop management.  Embedding mathematics, reading, and writing, allows students to see the interconnectedness of vocational training and academic courses that leads to an understanding of the holistic nature of vocational education.

Recognizing that students need more than technical skills and knowledge to experience success in the workplace, students at Dean study employability skills that include mock interviews, time management strategies and workplace communication, as well as topics in management, marketing, and entrepreneurship for those thinking about their own businesses.  The curriculum is rounded out with an overview of technological skills that includes presentation software, spreadsheet preparation, Google and 365 platforms, and other commonly used business applications.

 Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through simulated engine malfunctions, performing preventative maintenance, as well as the management and production of diverse projects in the fully equipped, professional shop that houses the Diesel Technology program. This real-world application, guided by instructors and within the learning environment, prepares students for senior year when eligible students are able to participate in Cooperative Education or Internship placements in area repair shops, dealerships, and parts facilities. 

Career Opportunities

  •  Diesel Technician                                 
  • Technical Service Writer                              
  • Parts Manager
  • Repair Shop Owner                             
  • Mobile Repair Service Owner                         
  • Truck Sales
  • Operations/Safety Supervisor
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Shop Foreman