During Career and Technical Education Month in February, the New Jersey Council on County Vocational Technical Schools is highlighting successful graduates of the county’s 21 vocational technical schools.
Christopher Giovanelli is a 2019 graduate of the Automotive Technology program at Atlantic County Institute of Technology. He is employed with Cummins, a global power technology company, as a diesel technician apprentice and is pursuing his associate’s degree in applied science through the company.
Over the next three years, Giovanelli will complete both online and on-site classes under the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Program at Central Piedmont Community College. Studies include hands-on diesel application specifically related to brakes, HVAC, electrical, engine fundamentals and rebuilds.
As a full time diesel technician apprentice, he works under the supervision of Cummins’ master technicians. At the conclusion of his three year studies and apprenticeship, Giovanelli, with associate’s degree in hand, will decide upon an area of diesel specialization: marine, high horsepower, generators, management or trucks. The last year of the program focuses specifically on the area he wishes to pursue.
“My education at ACIT helped me gain the basic fundamentals in this field. Most of the things I am learning in school add to my basic knowledge that I have acquired at ACIT. It also helped me decide that I would like to be in this industry for the rest of my life.”