Yavapai College

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Diesel Technology  

The Diesel Technology program at Yavapai College provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to troubleshoot and repair truck and heavy equipment systems. 

Specialized classroom and laboratory activities provide each student with the opportunity to become proficient in hydraulic systems, truck braking systems, electronics, diesel computer systems, manual power trains, heating and air conditioning systems, and diesel engine rebuilds. Students will also learn how to properly use technical manuals, laptops, and tools to diagnose, service, and repair diesel engine systems through hands-on training.

Students who complete the Diesel Technology program at Yavapai College will be equipped with the basic knowledge, skills and work attitude necessary to secure and hold an entry-level position in the automotive diesel specialty area, trucking industry, and the heavy equipment industry.

The job placement rate for recent graduates of the Diesel Technology program is 96% with graduates working for John Deere and Caterpillar as well as local mining companies where there has been a recent increase in heavy equipment repair jobs over the past few years. Certain students will have the opportunity to complete paid internships through Freeport McMoran and Asarco Mining.


The Diesel Technology Course Outline

The curriculum of the Diesel Technology program consists of the following career-specific courses:

  • Auto/Diesel Preventative Maintenance
  • Engine Repair Technology 
  • Auto/Diesel Elect Systems
  • Auto/Diesel Manual Drive 
  • Auto/Diesel Heat & Air Conditioning
  • Diesel Braking Systems 
  • Advanced Diesel Engine Repair 
  • Diesel Engine Performance 
  • Auto/Diesel Steer/Suspension 
  • Diesel Machine Hydraulics 
  • Basic Welding II 
  • Apprenticeship: Diesel 
  • Rigging 
  • Surface Mine Safety Training 
  • Basic Machine Hydraulics & Pneumatics 

Students are also required to take either College Composition or Applied Communication, Numeracy, Critical Thinking, either Environmental Biology or Social Science, Microcomputers in Agriculture, and Microsoft Office in order to fulfill the 61 credit requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students must complete each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Yavapai College 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.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Yavapai College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology. Yavapai College also offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology. The two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program is Pell Grant eligible.

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