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There are some big names in the diesel industry — and you can get the training and experience needed to work on the components of diesel-powered vehicles and machines those companies use by enrolling in the Diesel Technology program at Universal Technical Institute. Students can graduate in as little as 45 weeks7 prepared for entry-level careers as diesel technicians when they train at the UTI Avondale campus, located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona.1
In the Diesel Technology program at UTI Avondale, students are trained on how to maintain and repair commercial vehicles and heavy-equipment systems that rely on diesel technology. The Diesel program features foundational courses that build knowledge from the ground up, meaning all skill levels are welcome.
From learning about the various electronic systems and technology to servicing engines, courses cover the different aspects of diesel-powered vehicles and machinery. The Diesel program follows UTI’s blended learning model, which combines online instructor-led training with hands-on application in the lab.18
Classes in the Diesel program at UTI Avondale are designed to train students to learn in-demand skills needed in the industry. Courses include:
Brandon Davis always had an interest in big rigs and trucks. After seeing a commercial for UTI, he decided to move from Ohio to attend the Diesel Technology program at the Avondale campus. Brandon now works as a diesel mechanic for Freightliner.5 Hear more about his story here.
Something to keep in mind when enrolling in a training program are the types of graduation documents you can receive. These can be useful when entering the workforce.
Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at UTI Avondale earn diplomas. If students choose to take a Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training program (MSAT) in addition to the core program, they can earn an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree.11
Diesel program grads are also prepared to test for ASE certifications, and they’re able to substitute their training for one of the two years of work experience required to become ASE certified.16
The UTI Avondale campus offers three options when it comes to MSAT programs students can consider taking in addition to the core Diesel program: the 12-week Cummins Engines program,46 the 12-week Cummins Power Generation program46 and
the 12-week Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Finish First program.
The Diesel program at UTI Avondale is designed to give students the experience needed for entry-level roles in the industry, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more opportunities out there. As graduates gain skills and experience, they could transition into other roles, including:
Read our career guide to learn more about some of the different paths available in the diesel industry.
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
UTI’s Avondale campus is located just outside the city of Phoenix — the fifth largest city in the United States! There are plenty of nearby attractions to check out, including Phoenix Raceway, so you can catch some of the action when it comes to town.
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5) UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a technician, such as: parts associate, service writer, fabricator, paint and paint prep, and shop owner/operator. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
11) See program details for eligibility requirements and conditions that may apply.
16) Not all programs are accredited by the ASE Education Foundation.
18) UTI now offers all of its automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training in a blended learning format consisting of online lecture courses along with in-person, hands-on lab training.
29) UTI’s Diesel Technology Program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as diesel technicians. Estimated annual salary shown above is for Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for UTI graduates. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as diesel truck technicians, including in industries such as heavy equipment repair, power generation, and agriculture. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists (49-3031) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $32,360 to $94,400 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled diesel technicians in North Carolina is $22.89 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $18.59 and $17.03, respectively.
43) For Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 28,100 job openings between 2020 and 2030. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements.
See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2020–30, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed November 18, 2021. UTI is an educational
institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
46) Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and 95% attendance rate.
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