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The Diesel Technology program here at Boone County ATC has changed dramatically in the past 5 years. The mechanic of yesterday has been replaced by highly skilled, highly trained technicians. Todays’ techs are professionals, well versed in electronics and able to diagnose computer, electronic and mechanical failures. This program is designed for students wanting a career in the Diesel Technology field. Training consists of diesel and gas engines, automatic and manual transmissions, air and hydraulic brake systems, steering and suspension, electrical and electronic systems and preventative maintenance services. Students will also become familiar with all manner of tools, from simple everyday hand tools to sophisticated diagnostic software on lap top computers. Bottom line is; this is not an easy course. Students will have to apply math, science and physics skills along with hand-eye coordination skills. The field is as demanding physically as well as mentally. For those that meet the standards, the sky’s the limit on career choices. The automotive, heavy truck and construction equipment industries are searching for qualified technicians.
There are opportunities for employment while still attending high school through the cooperative education program. Scholarships for technical colleges are also available. From 2008 through 2013, students in this program have received almost $137,000 in scholarships from several big name technical schools.