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Commercial Truck Technology

Program Highlights

Program is ASE Certified in Brakes | Diesel Engines | Drivetrains | Electrical and Electronic Systems | Heating and Air Conditioning | Preventive Maintenance Inspection | Suspension and Steering

Program Description

Commercial Truck Technicians repair and maintain diesel engines that power transportation equipment such as heavy trucks and buses. In addition to basic skills such as welding, using oxyfuel equipment and digital electronics, students learn to service, repair, and maintain vehicles using hand and power tools as well as modern computer diagnostics.

Teacher Information

Mr. John J. Tamas  John J. Tamas
  High School

 Commercial Truck Technology Instructor
 Phone: (440) 774-1051 ext. 22215

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits
English: 1 Credit
1 Credit
1 Credit
.5 or 1 Credit

Senior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits
English: 1 Credit
Civics/Government: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit
Elective: .5 or 1 Credit

Electives are subject to availability and schedule. Not all electives are available every semester. Past elective options have included the following classes:

Accounting, Financial Literacy, Communications, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Vertibrate Zoology, Psychology, Sociology, Military History, Modern Social Issues, Practical Computer Applications, Exploration of Literature, Literature and Popular Music Literature and Films, Computer as a Writing Tool, Health, Healthy Safe Foods, Adult Living, Employability Skills, College 101, Study Skills. 

Math Options: Tech Math 330, Tech Math 121, Tech Math 122.

English and Government Options available with teacher recommendation: Oberlin College Writing, Oberlin College Government.


Two LCJVS students posing in front of a truck.
Commercial Truck Technology Students posing in front of a truck with instructor, Mr. Tamas.
Commercial Truck Technology students listing to a lecture.
Semi Truck with the hood open.

Career Pathways

  • Diesel Technician
  • Industrial Truck Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Service Technician

With Additional Training:

  • Diesel Engine Specialist
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Master Diesel Technician
  • Oil Field Equipment Mechanic

Competency Profile

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Industry Certifications

ASE Certified

College Credits

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the Lorain County JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  Potential college credits are listed below.  Credits listed are semester hours.

University of Northwestern Ohio: 12 Credits

Math, English, Social Studies and other courses that offer dual high school and college credits are also offered on the JVS campus through partnerships with Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College. Upon meeting specific criteria, students have the opportunity to earn various types of college credit for career technical courses taken at Lorain County JVS. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Ohio’s College Credit Plus program. College credit opportunities vary by program and are subject to change.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as Skills USA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

ASE Certified

Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information.