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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. 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 12-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, they have the potential to advance to other roles after gaining experience and sharpening their skills. These could include:
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.
Located just outside of Chicago, UTI’s Lisle campus offers students plenty to explore. Enjoy famous landmarks, music venues and attractions in the Windy City — as well as many fun things to see in Lisle, like parks and museums.
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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.
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.
29) Estimated annual median salary for Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. Entry-level salaries may be lower. UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as diesel technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a diesel truck technician, such as maintenance technician, locomotive technician and marine diesel technician. 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 $34,323 to $70,713 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2019 data, viewed June 2, 2021, https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). North Carolina salary information: The U.S. Department of Labor estimate of hourly earnings of the middle 50% for skilled diesel technicians in North Carolina, published May 2021, is $23.20. 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 $19.41 and $16.18, respectively. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, viewed June 2, 2021.)
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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