Arizona Automotive Institute
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The Diesel/Heavy Truck program at Arizona Automotive Institute provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to inspect, diagnose, service, and repair diesel-powered medium and heavy-duty vehicles such as semi-trucks and buses.
Specialized classroom and laboratory activities cover all major systems including engine performance, transmissions, brakes and tires, steering and suspension, electrical and electronic, and air conditioning. Students will also learn how to properly use technical manuals, laptops, and tools to perform each job using hands-on training.
Students who complete the Diesel/Heavy Truck program at Arizona Automotive Institute will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level job as a diesel mechanic, a field that is projected to grow 9% as the number of diesel mechanic jobs increase from 250,800 to 272,400 by the year 2022.
From Education to Occupation
Students who successfully graduate from the Diesel Technology program at the Arizona Automotive Institute will have the education and hands-on training needed to secure entry-level employment as a qualified diesel mechanic working for trucking companies, construction companies, mining companies, oil and natural gas extraction companies, large farms and ranches, and independent service garages.
As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Arizona was $44,540 yearly and $21.41 hourly, just 1% lower than the national average.