Diesel technology program set

JOHNSTOWN — In response to a growing demand in the field, the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services’ Career and Technical Center will launch a diesel technology program next fall for area high school juniors and seniors, according to a news release.

HFM is partnering with the State University at Cobleskill to develop the program, which will allow students the opportunity to learn about the repair, maintenance, and operation of diesel engines. Students will also learn about electrical and electronic systems, drivetrains, suspension and steering, and brake systems.

“The need for diesel technicians is rapidly increasing, and our program will prepare students to fill these well-paying jobs,” HFM CTC director Jay DeTraglia said, noting the opportunities are available in the automotive, light truck, agriculture/heavy equipment, and lawn and garden industries.

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 10 percent by 2026. In 2016, the department reported the median annual wage for diesel service technicians and mechanics was $45,170, about $21.72 per hour.

Although most diesel service technicians and mechanics learn on the job after a high school education, employers are increasingly preferring applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine repair. Through its partnership with SUNY Cobleskill, the HFM diesel technology program will offer students a pathway to postsecondary study.

Students interested in learning more about the new diesel technology or other career programs should contact their school counselor. The Career and Technical Center will also be visiting local schools and offering tours of the center during the next few months.