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    Steve Rayburn

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    Mike Rowe: Technicians in Big Demand

    Heavy Equipment Mechanics repair and maintain equipment used in industrial work such as construction and logging industries. A mechanics main job is to make sure equipment operates smoothly and safely. They diagnose problems using handheld computers, inspect for defects and use hoists to lift large heavy machine parts. They repair or replace damaged and worn parts. Once reassembled, mechanics test for performance and safety.  Large shops offer mechanics complex repairs such as engine rebuilds, electrical system trouble shooting, and hydraulic pump repairs.  Many mechanics specialize. Some examples of areas of focus are transmission, brake systems, and engine repair.  Job demands follow the economic cycle, as construction work expands so does demands for diesel mechanics.  This is considered a 'large sized' occupation in Idaho.

Diesel Technology Pathway

  • West Ada School District launched a Career Technical Education (CTE) Diesel Technology Pathway beginning School Year 2018-2019.  This complimented the two other Automotive Services pathways: Automotive Technoloyg and Collision Repair. The program is popular and helps give students more options when they attend class at the CTE Center - Meridian Campus. 

    CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes:

    Diesel Technology 1- a 10th grade, 1 credit semester class; the course is designed to introduce students to basic heavy equipment/diesel applications. It includes training in applied communications, employability skills and safe and efficient work practices. Students who travel to the CTE Center – Meridian Campus to take Diesel 1 are also able to take another CTE class in order to create a half-day of scheduled classes while off campus.

    Diesel Technology 2 - a year-long, double period class worth 4 credits; this level 2 class expands the learning to include diesel-specific diagnostics, service, hydraulic repair, electrical system, preventative maintenance and brakes.

    Diesel Technology 3 - a year-long, double blocked class worth 4 credits; students in the third year of the program, go in-depth in problem solving, critical thinking, industry standard practices and lots of teamwork as the curriculumm expands students' understanding and applied technical skills in diesel engine diagnostics and maintenance. For interested students who want to apply and be interviewed, if selected, they are given an opportunity to do an externship at the local Kenworth Sales center.

    Also available - Pathway BrochuresKendall Ford

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.