Students in the Diesel Technology program are given a well-rounded education in the service and repair of trucks and heavy equipment related to areas including farming, logging, marine, locomotive, and construction equipment. Students are provided theory and shop practice on diesel engines and emissions, safety, hydraulics, DC electrical systems and multiplexing, power trains including hybrid technologies, air systems, brakes, chassis and suspension. Students will also receive comprehensive safety training applicable to the work environment. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the program’s Diesel Club.
The employment opportunities are available with a wide variety of diverse companies including transportation; rental yards; power generation; logging, mining, and construction firms; general and specialty shops; dealerships; state, county, and city shops; and state and federal agencies including the park service, state, and county shops.
Diesel technician positions can be found in all areas and locations in the world. Work includes both indoor and outdoor opportunities. Climbing, stooping, reaching, and lifting may be required. The average work week is 44 hours. During peak seasons, work time may extend to 12 to 15 hours per day, 7 days per week.
This program has physical requirements that may affect the student’s ability to perform in this field. These requirements can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website or at O-Net OnLine. Necessary aptitudes include mechanical ability, good physical strength, good reading, physics, and math skills; ability to make decisions and work accurately; and enjoy working and seeing concrete results. The ability to adapt to ever-changing technology is a plus.
Today’s technicians start at $11.00 to $21.00 per hour right out of school. Journeymen wages can range up to $30.00 or more per hour. Benefits usually include health insurance, 401K, dental, vacation, and more. Technicians are needed in every city and state across the U.S., and as well as abroad.
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