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Diesel engines are used in a range of industries and help keep all kinds of equipment running. If you want a chance to work hands-on with these big engines, the Diesel Technology program at Universal Technical Institute can help prepare you for the industry. Students can graduate in less than a year7 prepared for entry-level careers as diesel technicians. Get your training right here at the Lisle, Illinois, campus, located just outside of Chicago.
The Diesel Technology program at UTI teaches students how to service, repair and diagnose components related to diesel engines. Courses focus on different aspects of the machinery to help students build their knowledge from the ground up, which means all experience levels are welcome.
Diesel students at the Lisle campus follow UTI’s blended learning model, which provides a combination of online instructor-led training with hands-on application in labs.18 This not only gives students more flexibility in their schedules, but also mimics the training technicians receive in the industry.
The Diesel courses offered at the Lisle campus are designed to provide students with well-rounded experience that can be applied to the industry. The courses include:
Nick Genemaras trained at UTI’s Lisle campus and now works as a diesel technician in the industry. Hear about his enthusiasm for the work he does and the potential he sees for future techs entering the field.5
Training programs can offer a range of graduation documents to students once they’ve graduated. These are important to consider, as they can help you stand out to potential employers.
Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at the Lisle campus earn diplomas. They are also prepared to test for ASE certification, and can substitute training for one of the two years of work experience needed to become ASE certified.
Along with the core Diesel program, UTI’s Lisle campus offers three specialized training programs: the 8-week Fendt Technician Academy, the 12-week Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Finish First program and the 12-week Peterbilt Technician Institute.
These Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) programs can help students expand on their knowledge and gain manufacturer-specific skills.15
While the Diesel program at UTI’s Lisle campus is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the industry, as with any industry, over time, they may be able to advance in their careers with hard work. Some entry-level and advanced roles could include:77
Read our career guide to find out more about different diesel career paths.
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
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Diesel technicians play an important role in keeping big rigs and other machinery running. If you’re looking for a detail-oriented career where you work with your hands, the Diesel program at UTI Lisle can help you get trained for the industry. Get in touch with an Admissions Representative today and request more information!
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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.
10) Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
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.
43) For Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 28,500 job openings between 2021 and 2031. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2021-31, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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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