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If you love working with your hands and have an interest in large, powerful equipment, becoming a diesel technician may be the perfect career choice. UTI’s Diesel Technology program can get you on track toward a career in the industry in just 45 weeks — and you can complete your training right here at our Orlando campus!1
The Diesel Technology program at UTI Orlando is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and industry connections needed to work in the exciting world of diesel. Whether you’ve grown up tinkering on engines or have no industry experience, this program can train you to be career-ready in just 45 weeks.
Our Orlando campus follows a blended learning model, which includes a mix of online instructor-led training with hands-on application in the lab. This type of training mimics what technicians complete out in the field today. It can also provide you with more flexibility as a student.
Your diesel training will cover many different aspects of the industry. Courses in the program include:
Get to know Jorge Alberto Perez, a UTI Diesel graduate. After completing his training at the Orlando campus, he landed a job as a diesel technician for Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison.
At the Orlando campus, graduates of the Diesel Technology program earn a diploma. They are also prepared to take the exams required to earn ASE certifications and can substitute their training for one of the two years of work experience required to become ASE certified.16
The Orlando campus offers UTI’s 12-week Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Finish First program, which can be completed in addition to the core diesel training program.
Students in this program get hands-on training with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Cascadia, Freightliner and Western Star. They also have the opportunity to earn Professional Level Technician status and two Detroit Diesel Engine certifications.
Within the diesel industry, there are many different career avenues to pursue. Here’s a quick look at some common diesel jobs:
To learn more about potential career paths, read our diesel career guide.
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
Orlando is known for its scenic views and variety of fun activities, making it a great place to complete your diesel training. The campus is located near Daytona Beach, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Florida and more!
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16) Not all programs are accredited by the ASE Education Foundation.
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. Updated on November 18, 2021.
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