Truck Mechanics (UC "d")


Students repair and service the systems and components on light and heavy duty trucks and sports utility vehicles. Students are prepared for jobs in the auto/truck/heavy equipment industry. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

  • Choose either large diesel, small truck, van or sport utility vehicles as their focus
  • Work alone and in small groups
  • Participate in leadership activities and organizations
  • Learn about all vehicle systems
  • Work on real, up-to-date equipment including computer-controlled engines and vehicles
  • Use hand and power tools and test instruments
  • Learn troubleshooting and problem solving skills


Earned Outside of (Following) the Class

  • ASE Auto and Heavy Duty
  • Timken systems
  • EPA Section 609 MVAC Technician Certification
  • Gates Automotive Aftermarket Systems

Class Benefits

  • 20-30 high school credits earned for the year
  • Technical and career ready skills
  • Application of academic education to real-life work experiences
  • Qualified students participate in dealer internships
  • Benefits those enrolling in college, especially in engineering and science
  • Advanced Truck Mechanics training in year two, specializing in an area of study

Certifications Earned Within the Class

  • Class completion certificate
  • Snap-on multi-meter
  • Valvoline oil systems

Job Opportunities Upon Completion

  • Most internships for heavy trucks and tractors
  • VTA bus
  • City and county repair shops
  • Forklift Repair

Download 2-hour Course OutlineDownload 3-hour Course OutlineAbout the Instructor

Michael Cortese earned his A.S. degree in Automotive Technology and an A.A. in General Studies while attending Evergreen Valley College.  Mr. Cortese worked at Swanson Ford for eleven years, starting as an apprentice participating in the Ford ASSET Program.  He progressed to a Journeyman in 1996.  He obtained Ford Master Technician certification in 1999 and ended his career there as a Ford Senior Master Automotive Technician in 2004.  During his last years with Swanson, Mr. Cortese acted as a mentor who trained incoming apprentices from the Ford ASSET Program.  He received ASE certification as a Master Automotive Technician in 2000 and ASE certification as a Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician in 2005.  He has invested approximately 1500 hours in ASE and Ford factory training.  For more than 14 years, Mr. Cortese has worked at maintaining and repairing heavy farm equipment.




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