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Without any guidance, breaking into the diesel industry can be difficult. How can attending a diesel mechanic school help?
Enrolling in a diesel trade education program can help students gain the skills and knowledge that are frequently required when working as diesel technicians. Technical training can also help students develop a supportive network of instructors and classmates who share similar professional goals.
That’s good news for anyone eyeing Universal Technical Institute’s 45-week7 Diesel Technology program! Diesel training at UTI Avondale in Arizona provides students with hands-on technical training in our labs on diesel engines, electrical/electronic systems, truck foundation brake systems and DOT inspections. These courses are taught in controlled classrooms and labs, helping prepare aspiring diesel mechanics for roles in full-scale facilities.1
Continue reading to find out more. You’ll learn more about diesel mechanic training and how it can help you prepare for a career in the industry!
With proper training and credentials, diesel mechanics can gain the skills required to pursue their chosen career path. That’s because a diesel mechanic education includes instruction from industry professionals, as well as the opportunity to gain training that mirrors what mechanics will face in the field. It’s a viable option for anyone trying to get up to speed on the skills that their desired trade frequently requires.
Diesel mechanic training at a trade school allows students to acquire hands-on training while developing their knowledge.18 Students can also get a feel for the trade before entering the workforce and taking on impactful projects.
Diesel programs frequently provide students with state-of-the-industry tools, equipment and resources. This simulates the environments in which students could work in industry roles.
Many diesel mechanic trade schools offer flexible scheduling, which allows students of all ages to enroll at various times of the year. Doing so is especially useful for working professionals who operate on less flexible, year-long schedules.
Graduating from a diesel mechanic training program at a trade school is an excellent way to obtain industry-recognized credentials. Earning a certificate or diploma in diesel technology is not only a great way to learn about the field, but it also tells employers that you won't need as much on-the-job training.
UTI’s Diesel Technology program provides technical training that can teach students the skills needed to pursue a diesel career. This program’s curriculum covers the fundamental skills needed for diesel repair and maintenance, as well as learning opportunities to help students practice future engine servicing duties before applying for entry-level positions!
In addition to hands-on training in classrooms and labs at UTI Avondale’s diesel mechanic school, students in this program take diesel courses in diagnosis, electrical systems and preventative maintenance, including:
Our Avondale students earn credentials that can help them find opportunities in the industry after graduation.1 Learn more about UTI Avondale’s diesel mechanic diplomas and degrees to better understand the credentials you can earn after completing our training programs.
UTI offers Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) programs to help prepare students to work on specific diesel equipment and engines. This can help them develop specialized skills geared toward some of the leading manufacturers in the industry.15
The manufacturer-specific Avondale programs offered at UTI can be completed in as little as 12 weeks.9 Other UTI campus locations across the country also have specialized diesel mechanic training options. Here’s a look at the diesel MSAT programs students can apply for at UTI Avondale:
In the Cummins Engines program, students are specifically trained to service Cummins engines.46 This student-paid program teaches aspiring diesel mechanics how to perform electrical diagnoses using Cummins methods and manufacturer-specific software.
This program may also offer job placement assistance, such as endorsements from Cummins distributors, who may select specific students for guaranteed employment before the start of the program.14 Each graduate also earns Cummins qualifications, which can be used to pursue warranty work at a Cummins distributor or authorized dealer!
The Cummins Power Generation Training program is student paid and teaches skills in servicing Cummins power generation systems and electrical generators.46 Students learn the fundamental principles of power generation, as well as the various types, ratings and features of power generation technologies. While enrolled, students also learn essential service safety procedures.
Students who complete the program receive Cummins Power Generation qualifications, indicating that they are CMI Level 1 Technicians. This can help them pursue opportunities with any manufacturer, but it can also help them when looking for roles at Cummins facilities, where employers may prefer candidates with prior experience working on their specific systems.
The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Finish First program is student paid and teaches skills in maintaining, diagnosing and repairing DTNA products. These products include DTNA electronic systems, business class M2 vehicle systems and heavy-duty truck systems, which include truck models from the Cascadia, Freightliner and Western Star series. Students also learn how to perform DTNA HVAC diagnostics.
DTNA dealers may offer eligible students program tuition and tool reimbursements as an employment incentive.14 Students who complete this program also receive Professional Level Technician status, allowing them to work for Daimler Trucks and other manufacturers looking for diesel technician candidates with advanced training experience.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists in the United States was $54,360 in May 2022.29 This means half earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
Technicians should possess a range of skills and experience to best realize their career potential. Most of our grads start out working as entry-level technicians or in other entry-level roles. Some entry-level and advanced automotive careers could include:77
UTI’s Avondale campus is located about 30 miles west of Mesa and is close to Phoenix Raceway — a great place for students to spend their time when not in class. There are also plenty of scenic drives around the Valley of the Sun, including Desert Foothills Scenic Drive and the back way to Prescott through Yarnell if you want to hit the high country.
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Technical training is one of the best ways to gainskills that are often valued by the industry. With hard work and persistence, you can build a technical foundation in diesel technology that can prepare you to pursue an entry-level role after graduation!
Look no further than UTI’s Diesel Technology program for the diesel mechanic training that can provide you with the education and tools you need to pursue a diesel career! Click the button below to request more information about how you can train with us and apply to our diesel mechanic school.
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
9) Does not include time required to complete a qualifying prerequisite program such as UTI’s 45-week Diesel Technology program.
10) Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
14) Incentive programs and employee eligibility are at the discretion of the employer and available at select locations. Special conditions may apply. Talk to potential employers to learn more about the programs available in your area. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation. Programs available at select locations.
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 2022 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 $24.18 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2022 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 $20.56 and $17.49, respectively.
46) Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and 95% attendance rate.
77) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI prepares graduates for entry-level careers using the provided training. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than those listed.
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