Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center

Intergenerational Diesel Mechanics

The Diesel Mechanics program provides theory and practice relative to the operation, maintenance, and repair of heavy industrial and construction equipment, such as dump trucks, buses, tractors, bulldozers, backhoes, graders, and related gasoline and diesel machinery. We teach preventive maintenance, engine testing, and analysis. Students also learn safety principles when using modern hand and power tools, hydraulics, pneumatics, electricity, gearboxes, gasoline and diesel engines, and when doing oxyacetylene cutting and ARC and MIG welding.

This program prepares students for entry-level employment in companies needing heavy equipment maintenance and repair, such as trucking companies, construction companies, warehouses, etc. Upon successful program completion, graduates earn a diploma, and those who qualify will receive a Pennsylvania state inspection license and an OSHA 10 General industry card. 

Areas of Training

In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, the program curriculum may change during the program year and will include general training in:

  • Safety
  • Engines, diesel & gasoline
  • Employability skills
  • Engine systems
  • Steering and suspension
  • Brakes, air and hydraulics
  • Systems, electrical and electronic
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Fabrication and welding
  • Drive trains
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

Take the Next Step

We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to learn more about enrolling in our program! Please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Call the adult education office at (814) 266-6073, ext. 201 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule a tour and/or make a registration interview appointment.
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Be prepared to bring the $100 registration fee with you You must pay this non-refundable fee before you register, as it secures your seat in class. We will deduct the $100 from your tuition once you begin your program.
  4. During the interview, a GJCTC adult education career will review school policies and procedures along with any entrance requirements you must complete. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and/or the school.
  5. After your interview, you should begin the application process for financial aid (if applicable).
  6. Once you meet all the requirements, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the supervisor of adult education.