• A student operates a large diesel engine in the learning lab.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.

A student uses a wrench to adjust a large diesel engine.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

RMCTC student works on a diesel engine.CTC knowledge transfers to college credits at:
Johnson College
Lincoln Technical Institute
Pennsylvania College of Technology

➤ Adult Education Clock Hour/Credit Hour Chart for this program

Student Certifications
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.

Mr. Norman, Diesel Truck Technology instructorInstructor – Mr. Charles W. Norman

Born and raised in Lebanon County, I graduated from Lebanon Senior High School and Lebanon Vo-Tech. During junior high and high school, I found a deep interest in automobiles and eventually an interest in diesel trucks due to my vo-tech teacher, Mr. Pierson.

After graduation from Lebanon High, I worked in a foundry for two years. I went to college to pursue a more intensive training in diesel technology. I was the “old man” at Williamsport Area Community College, but well admired by my classmates and instructors. I began my diesel career in 1978 and, in 1983, accepted a teaching position with RMAVTS.

Williamsport Area Community College
Vocational Education I Teaching Certification, Temple University
Vocational Education II Teaching Certification, Penn State University

Certifications and Awards
Diesel Mechanics and Auto Mechanics, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Instructor Certificate in Pennsylvania State Emissions and Safety Inspection
ASE Diesel Tech Certified:

  • Diesel Engines
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Electrical/Electronic System
  • Preventive Maintenance Inspection

MACS – EPA 609 Refrigerant, Recycling and Recovery
Lebanon School District Super Cedar Volunteer 2005, awarded “Cedar Plate” for volunteer service

Work Experience
Lebanon County Vo-Tech – 3 years in auto mechanics
Lesher Mack Truck – 5 years
Pennfield shop foreman – 3 years
New Penn Motor – 1 year

Hire Date: 1983

Community service
Lebanon High School Athletic Boosters

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in its educational and vocational programs, activities, or employment as required by Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI.
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