Transit Technician

    Transit Technician I

    Transit Technician II

    Transit Technician III

Career Certificates

Vocational Credit Certificates
Limited-Access

Admission Requirements:

  • See the admission section of Valencia's Catalog for this program.
  • Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission.
  • Satisfactory completion of Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam.
     

The Certified Transit Technician (CTT) program is a Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) program consisting of three separate modules: 
Transit Technician I, II  III. These are limited access programs, and enrollment is limited to current transit employees. 

These programs were developed in cooperation and with input from the Florida Transit Maintenance Consortium (FTMC), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Valencia College to train individuals who are seeking employment specific to transit vehicle maintenance. 

The purpose is to train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians, and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests. Students are prepared for employment as transit technicians at three different levels.

The three programs consist of 1,920 contact hours in three separate areas covering subject areas that are specific to transit vehicle maintenance. The programs are delivered through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training taught by highly skilled instructors at the Lynx maintenance facility in Orlando.

There is no cost for qualifying technicians.Tuition for the program is made possible by scholarship money provided by the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA), in cooperation with Lynx.

Upon completion of the three CTT programs, students are eligible to be awarded 27 college credits toward the technical skills training requirement in the Industrial Management Technology Associate in Science Degree program at Valencia College. (24 credit hours for Transit Technician I & II programs; plus 3 additional credit hours for Transit Technician III program). For the award of credit, eligible students should contact a Business academic department or Career Program Advisor on a Valencia campus.

Transit Technician I

The Transit Technician I program is 620 hours and includes but is not limited to the following: maintaining and repairing diesel engines, performing diesel engine and bus preventive maintenance (PMI) inspections, maintaining and repairing ADA accessible lifts and ramps, maintaining and repairing basic electrical systems, and maintaining, and repairing steering and suspension systems.

The course content will also include training in communication, leadership, human relations, transit safety awareness, MSDS, employability skills, and safe efficient work practices.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as transit technicians, train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests.

It is recommended that students complete the five occupational completion points (OCP’s) for each technician level before advancing to the next tier.  Transit technician I and II are prerequisites for the Transit Technician III, and ultimately, the FTMC Transit Technician certification.

The courses may be taken in any sequence within their respective tier, but tiers must be taken sequentially, starting with tier 1, then tier 2, and ending with tier 3.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in the preceding tier prior to advancement to the next higher tier.

Transit Technician II

The Transit Technician II program is 620 hours and includes but is not limited to the following: maintaining and repairing diesel engines, maintaining and repairing hydraulic systems, maintaining and repairing electrical systems, maintaining and repairing heavy duty bus drive train systems and components, maintaining and repairing brake and air systems.

The course content will also include training in communication, leadership, human relations, transit safety awareness, MSDS, employability skills, and safe efficient work practices.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as transit technicians, train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests.

It is recommended that students complete the five OCP’s for each technician level before advancing to the next tier.  Transit technician 1 and 2 are prerequisites for the Transit Technician 3, and ultimately, the FTMC Transit Technician certification.

The courses may be taken in any sequence within their respective tier, but tiers must be taken sequentially, starting with tier 1, then tier 2, and ending with tier 3.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in the preceding tier prior to advancement to the next higher tier.

Transit Technician III

The Transit Technician III program is 680 hours and includes but is not limited to the following: maintaining and repairing diesel engines, maintaining and repairing transmission and cooling systems, maintaining and repairing digital multiplex electrical systems, overhauling diesel engines and bus transmissions, maintaining and repairing heavy duty (10 ton) A/C systems and components, maintaining and repairing alternative fuel vehicles and components, and troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing electronic computer controls and sensors and advanced electrical systems.

The course content will also include training in communication, leadership, human relations, transit safety awareness, MSDS, employability skills, and safe efficient work practices.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as transit technicians, train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests.

It is recommended that students complete the five OCP’s for each technician level before advancing to the next tier.  Transit technician 1 and 2 are prerequisites for the Transit Technician 3, and ultimately, the FTMC Transit Technician certification.

The courses may be taken in any sequence within their respective tier, but tiers must be taken sequentially, starting with tier 1, then tier 2, and ending with tier 3.  Student must demonstrate proficiency in the preceding tier prior to advancement to the next higher tier.

Contact

For more information, please contact Ali Notash, Program Chair, in the Engineering, Computer Programming and Technology Division on West campus at 407-582-1937 or anotash@valenciacollege.edu.

Transit Technician I

Career Certificate

This program is comprised of courses designed to prepare students for employment as transit technicians, train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians, and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests.

The Transit Technician I is 620 hours and is the first program in a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three programs. Each program consists of 5 occupational completion points. The following subject areas are covered in Transit Technician I: Preventive Maintenance, Basic Electrical Systems, Wheelchair Lift/Ramp, Diesel Engine Preventive Maintenance, and Steering and Suspension.

The recommended sequence allows students to complete specified portions of the program for employment or to remain for advanced training.  A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or terminate as an occupational completer.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and demonstrate shop and occupational safety procedures.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and repairs.
  • Demonstrate workplace communication skills.
     
Course Title Contact Hours
DIM 0810TRANSIT EQUIPMENT PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 200
DIM 0811TRANSIT BASIC ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0812TRANSIT WHEELCHAIR LIFT/RAMP TECHNICIAN 60
DIM 0813TRANSIT DIESEL ENGINE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0814TRANSIT STEERING AND SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN 120
Total Credit Hours620

Transit Technician II

Career Certificate

This program is comprised of courses designed to prepare students for employment as transit technicians, train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians, and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests.

The Transit Technician II is 620 hours and is the second program in a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three programs. Each program consists of 5 occupational completion points. The following subject areas are covered in Transit Technician II: Hydraulics, Diesel Electrical and Diesel Engine Electronics, Drive-Train, Intermediate Electrical System, and Brakes/Air System.

The recommended sequence allows students to complete specified portions of the program for employment or to remain for advanced training.  A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or terminate as an occupational completer.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate shop and occupational safety procedures.
  • Maintain and repair electrical systems, hydraulic systems, and brake systems related to diesel technology.
  • Demonstrate the qualifications for employment.
     
Course Title Contact Hours
DIM 0820TRANSIT HYDRAULICS TECHNICIAN 60
DIM 0821TRANSIT DIESEL ELECTRICAL AND DIESEL ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0822TRANSIT DRIVE TRAIN TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0823TRANSIT INTERMEDIATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0824TRANSIT BRAKES/AIR SYSTEM TECHNICIAN 200
Total Credit Hours620

Transit Technician III

Career Certificate

This program is comprised of courses designed to prepare students for employment as transit technicians, train existing employees to become FTMC certified transit technicians, and to prepare existing technicians for the ASE series of Transit Bus tests.

The Transit Technician III is 680 hours and is the third program in a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three programs. Each program consists of 5 occupational completion points. The following subject areas are covered in Transit Technician III: Alternative Fuels System, Advanced Electrical System, Heating and Air-Conditioning, Transmission Diagnosis, Rebuild and Repair, and Diesel Engine Diagnosis.

The recommended sequence allows students to complete specified portions of the program for employment or to remain for advanced training.  A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or terminate as an occupational completer.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and demonstrate shop and occupational safety procedures.
  • Maintain, diagnose, repair, and rebuild bus transmission assemblies.
  • Apply scientific principles and basic math to diesel technology operations.
  • Troubleshoot and repair engine systems.
     
Course Title Contact Hours
DIM 0830TRANSIT ALTERNATIVE FUELS SYSTEM TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0831TRANSIT ADVANCED ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN 120
DIM 0832TRANSIT HEATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING 200
DIM 0833TRANSMISSION DIAGNOSIS, REBUILD AND REPAIR 120
DIM 0834DIESEL ENGINE DIAGNOSIS, REBUILD AND REPAIR TECHNICIAN 120
Total Credit Hours680