Campus Spotlight: South Plainfield, New Jersey


Since 2002, a hands-on training school on Hadley Road in South Plainfield has stood as one of the New York-New Jersey area’s most popular destinations for students looking for a faster route to rewarding, successful careers.  Once Engine City Technical Institute – with roots that can be traced back to its founding in Newark, NJ in 1930 – and now Lincoln Tech, the campus carries on a successful tradition of training and graduating skilled, qualified technicians who are changing the shape of the region’s diesel, transport refrigeration, and heavy equipment workforces.

“Thanks to the support of employers across the area, we’ve enjoyed more than 15 years of changing students’ futures through our training programs,” says Campus President Jim Kuntz.  “Thousands of students have passed through our classrooms and training bays on their way to careers they might not have thought they could achieve otherwise.  It’s a history we’re very proud of.”

With demand for diesel and heavy equipment technicians rising across New Jersey, New York, and even Pennsylvania, it’s no surprise that Lincoln Tech’s South Plainfield campus continues to be the school of choice for students looking to enter these challenging, critical fields.  “Because of our status as one of the only Diesel schools in the Tri-State area,” says Lauren Washburn, Director of Admissions, “we have students come from far and wide.”

The school’s location near major transportation routes like I-95, I-287, Route 1 and the Garden State Parkway means students and graduates are surrounded by companies looking to hire technicians to service their fleets of trucks, transport refrigeration units, and equipment like bulldozers, steam shovels, diesel generators, buses, hydraulic systems and a lot more.

Four out of five graduates from the South Plainfield campus get hired in their field upon graduation* – and that’s just one of the many reasons students come from all over the region to train here!  Learn a little more about Lincoln Tech in South Plainfield below, and then contact the campus to schedule a campus tour.  While you’re there, make sure to check out the first-place winning race truck – built by Lincoln Tech students and a repeat champ at the Englishtown Diesel Nationals!

Things to Know About Lincoln Tech in South Plainfield

Service to veterans  Campus President Jim Kuntz – himself a veteran – and fellow veteran Tim O’Connor, the school’s Director of Education, make it a point to assist servicemen and women at every step of the process in transitioning from the military to civilian life.  Hosting a local Student Veterans Association chapter is just one of many ways the campus supports our nation’s veterans.

A broad range of hiring partners  Top employers of Lincoln Tech grads include Thermo King, Raymond Forklifts, Foley Caterpillar, North Jersey Truck Center, Miller Truck Leasing, and Fed Ex Freight.

Extracurricular projects to help hone students’ skills  The student Pit Crew is now hard at work rebuilding a pickup truck on campus, along with assembling the “Mud Bogger” – an out-of-service ambulance being transformed into an off-roading race vehicle.

A cornerstone of diesel career training in New Jersey  As one of this region’s leading diesel tech schools, the South Plainfield campus is proud to host the annual Diesel Day event – giving everyone in the community the chance to come on campus and learn about the big rigs and other diesel equipment that keeps America moving and growing!

Diesel Day at Lincoln Tech in South Plainfield
Each year, “Diesel Day” brings together Lincoln Tech students and the central New Jersey community to celebrate all things diesel-powered!

Connected to the community  The campus hosts blood drives and a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to support organizations around the area.

A piece of the Lincoln-Schmidt Peterson Motorsports story  Last year Kristen Suchmann, a student training in the transport refrigeration field, was chosen to take part in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mentor Program.  She served as a member of IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe’s pit crew team at Texas Motor Speedway, the sole diesel student to be chosen for this unique, exciting experience.  After graduation Kristen landed an internship with energy leader PSEG.

* As reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) on the 2017 Annual Report.


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