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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology  

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program at Central Arizona College provides the latest training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to maintain, service, and repair various types of modern diesel engines, power trains, heavy equipment and trucks used in the construction, mining, logging, and other related industries. 

Specialized classroom and laboratory activities provide each student with the opportunity to learn all phases of repair work on diesel-powered equipment, such as diagnosing malfunctions, servicing, and repairing diesel equipment. Students will also learn how to properly use technical manuals and tools to perform each job through hands-on training.

Graduates of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program at Central Arizona College will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level job as a diesel service technician or a diesel service specialist within two to three years. With enough work experience, graduates may also advance into upper level positions such as sales and upper-management.

Employment Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Diesel Technology program at Central Arizona College will have what it takes to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic, employed by trucking companies, construction companies, mining companies, oil and natural gas extraction companies, large farms and ranches, and independent repair shops.

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.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Central Arizona College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology as well as a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology with an emphasis in Construction & Forestry Equipment. Central Arizona College also offers a two-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology as well as a Mechanic’s Apprenticeship Certificate. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible.

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