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From agriculture and construction to manufacturing and mining, many of America’s vital industries wouldn’t run without diesel-powered equipment and vehicles. In less than a year, you can get trained as a skilled diesel tech right here in Long Beach.7
The Diesel Technology program at Universal Technical Institute is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to start a career as a diesel technician.1 In just 45 weeks, you learn to diagnose, repair and replace diesel engines and parts — preparing you to tackle a variety of different projects.
At the Long Beach campus, Diesel students follow UTI’s blended learning model, which combines online instructor-led training with hands-on application in the lab. This model was created to mimic the type of training technicians complete in the field.
The Diesel program will take you through a series of courses to build your knowledge from the ground up. These include:
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At the Long Beach campus, Diesel graduates earn a diploma. They’re also prepared to take the exams required to earn ASE certifications, which are considered very valuable in the diesel industry. They can also substitute their training for one of the two years of work experience required to become ASE certified.
Diesel technicians aren’t limited to one specific career path. As technicians gain skills and experience, there are many different routes they can take. Some of these include:
Check out our career guide to learn more about these careers and others.
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
UTI Long Beach is located near attractions like Knott’s Berry Farm, the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame and, of course, the beautiful California coastline — making it a great place to complete your training. It’s also near several freeways, connecting it to many different parts of Southern California.
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7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
29) UTI’s Diesel Technology program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as diesel technicians. Estimated annual salary is for Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2020 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 $23.20 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2020 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 percentiles of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $19.41 and $16.18, 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.
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