- Receive training in order to obtain your PA State Inspection certifications in auto/light truck, heavy truck/trailer, and emissions.
- Prepare for a future in the diesel powered Industry, whether it is medium or heavy duty trucks, tractor, or construction equipment.
- Develop the skills necessary to obtain knowledge to perform on- and off-vehicle repairs needed in the diesel repair Industry.
- Utilize computers in the shop to diagnose problems on vehicles and how to repair them.
Job Titles – Career Pathways
41-2022 Parts Salespersons
49-3023 Automobile Service Technicians & Mechanics
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics
49-3042 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
49-3092 Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers
53-6051 Transportation Inspectors
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
LOCAL Service Specialist
CTC knowledge transfers to college credits at:
Lincoln Technical Institute
Pennsylvania College of Technology
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Certification
* Diesel Technology
Pennsylvania State Safety Inspector Certification, Cat I
Pennsylvania State Safety Inspector Certification, Cat III
Pennsylvania State Emissions Inspector Certification
Valvoline Motor Oil Specialist Certification
Section 609 Certification for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery
NATEF – National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
➤ For more detailed information about this program, including the grading policy, task list, etc., please refer to the course syllabus.
Instructor – Mr. Michael G. Merkel
Being a lifelong learner has allowed me to become a Master Mechanic on any engine, big or small. Throughout my life I have strived to learn as much about the theory and operations of all engine types. During high school, I attended the Automotive/Diesel Technology course at Berks Vo-Tech East and graduated from Automotive Technology Advanced Class III.
After a few years working in the field, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. There I was an I-Level Technician for the T-400 Huey and T-700 Cobra Turbo-Shaft engines. This led to being a Test Cell Operator.
After my tour of duty I went back into the diesel field. I then was given an opportunity to teach at RMCTC for two years as the Motorcycle, Marine and Small Engine instructor before returning to the diesel field for the past twelve years. I enjoy sharing the knowledge and work ethic I have learned throughout my career as a technician and a marine. Altogether, I have more than 20 years of experience in the diesel technology field.
Associate’s Degree, Information Technology, Kaplan University
Certifications and Awards
T-400/T-700 Turbo-Shaft Engine Rebuild/Repair – United States Marine Corps
Cummins Engine/Electrical/Mechanical Specialist
Cat Engine/Electrical/Mechanical Specialist
Perkins Engine/Electrical/Mechanical Specialist
Isuzu Engine/Electrical/Mechanical Specialist
Ford 6.0/6.4/6.7 Diesel Engine/Electrical Certifications
Ford Electronics and Troubleshooting
Certified Class 7 Truck, Car and Trailer Inspection Mechanic
Fork-Lift Trainer Certificate/Operator
Diesel and turbo-shaft engine technician experience of more than 20 years.
Hire Date: 2017
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