CLAYTON – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel and Power Technologies program provides solid fundamentals of industry knowledge, teaching students’ engines, fuel systems, fabrication, electronics, air conditioning, hydraulics, and power trains. This program also has a partnership with Miami Industrial Trucks to use their on-line training program and a lift truck for instruction. Students can earn certifications in A/C recovery/recycle, SP2 safety, and CAT lift truck.
Students of the Diesel and Power Technologies program may participate in FFA contests such as Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics, Outdoor Power and Equipment, and Ag Mechanics. MVCTC students have won eight of the last nine district contests and placed in the top ten in all contests the past three years. The state Ag/Industrial Diagnostics team members can earn up to $10,000 scholarships to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). Last year the team placed 3rd in the state and team members earned $7,000 each.
Diesel and Power Technologies students are able to participate in the MVCTC Apprenticeship program if they maintain good grades and great attendance. This school year nine Diesel and Power Tech students are apprenticing at many local businesses such as Rush Enterprise, Journey, 503 Diesel, Twin Valley Equipment, Koenigs, and World Wide Equipment.
Graduates have gone on to work at dealerships of over-the-road trucks, heavy equipment, agriculture dealerships, and rental fleets. Many students pursue their two-year associate's degree while working at a place of employment. Yet another option upon graduation is pursuing a four-year degree. The possibilities are endless.
Based on the 2011 follow-up data (the most recent reported by the state), 100% of MVCTC Diesel and Power Technologies students were employed, in the military, or enrolled in college or advanced training after leaving MVCTC. This program also reported 100% program completion and 100% academic attainment in math, reading, and science.
The diesel technician industry is growing rapidly with the retirement of technicians and the expansion of diesel engines in America. This trend continues and all major manufacturers in this country have announced new diesel engines in 1/2 ton pickups and/or cars. Ag, Industrial and over the road run all diesel engines.
|Diesel and Power Technologies junior Brett Goubeaux of Arcanum|