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You can get the experience and education needed to work on diesel-powered vehicles and machines in as little as 45 weeks7 when you enroll in Universal Technical Institute’s Diesel Technology program.
There are big names in the diesel industry, and they look to UTI grads when hiring for jobs.1 The training provided at UTI’s campus in Rancho Cucamonga, California, can help you when entering the workforce. Located close to Los Angeles, it’s a great place to start.
Students in the Diesel Technology program at UTI Rancho Cucamonga are trained to repair and maintain both heavy-equipment systems and commercial vehicles. Starting from the ground up, students gain knowledge and skills that can be applied to careers in the industry.
The Diesel program follows UTI’s blended learning model, which combines online instructor-led training with hands-on application in the lab.
Students are given the foundational knowledge needed to enter the diesel industry, with in-demand skills being taught in every class during the program. The courses covered in the Diesel Technology program include:
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the labs and classrooms at UTI Rancho Cucamonga, which is located about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at the Rancho Cucamonga campus earn diplomas. Students who choose to take the Automotive & Diesel Technology program can earn Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees.
Graduates are also prepared to take tests required for ASE certifications. Training completed at UTI can be substituted for one of two years of the work experience needed to become ASE certified.
While the Diesel program offered at UTI Rancho Cucamonga is designed to help prepare students for entry-level roles in the industry, there is the potential for more opportunities after gaining skills and experience. Potential career paths could include:
Read our career guide here to learn more about some of the different paths in the diesel industry.
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
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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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