Northwest Technical Institute

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Diesel and Truck Technology  

The Diesel and Truck Technology program at Northwest Technical Institute provides training, knowledge and skills for students who desire to learn how to service and repair a wide variety of makes and models of diesel engines. 

Through specialized classroom instruction and hands-on training, students will develop the necessary skills to diagnose, service, and repair heavy duty diesel trucks and equipment. Students will learn how to analyze and diagnose truck component failure, and service the components using the proper testing and troubleshooting procedures. High quality workmanship and preventative maintenance techniques will be taught and utilized in the laboratory. 

Graduates of the Diesel and Truck Technology program at Northwest Technical Institute will be qualified to secure an entry level position in a variety of occupations, including diesel technician, parts counter sales, break down coordinator, and warranty clerk.

The Diesel and Truck Technology Curriculum

The curriculum of the Diesel and Truck Technology program is centered around the following career-specific courses:

Semester I

  • Technical Communications I
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections
  • Electrical Systems
  • Directed Study I
  • Tractor & Trailer Brakes
  • Technical Mathematics I
  • Basic Welding

Semester II

  • Technical Communications II
  • Heavy Duty Drive Train & Axles
  • Directed Study II
  • Diesel Engines
  • Truck/Trailer Hydraulics

Semester III

  • Internship

Semester IV

  • Heavy Duty Suspension & Steering
  • Directed Study III
  • Tractor Climate Control
  • Heavy Duty Electronic Systems

Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Diesel and Truck Technology program at Northwest Technical Institute will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to secure an entry-level position in a variety of jobs, including:

  • Diesel Technician
  • Parts Counter Sales
  • Break Down Coordinator
  • Warranty Clerk

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 Arkansas was $37,430 yearly and $17.99 hourly, just 17% lower than the national average.

The Undergraduate Certificate

Northwest Technical Institute offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible.

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