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The Diesel Technology program at the University of Arkansas provides students with the necessary skills and theory to secure an entry-level position in either the medium/heavy duty truck or construction equipment field. Students can enter the program at the beginning of any semester and obtain the Basic Diesel Technical Certificate after completing 24 credit hours of DIES designated classes the first semester. If the student continues in the program and completes another 24 credit hours of DIES designated classes during the second semester, he or she will be awarded an Advanced Diesel Technical Certificate. Diesel Technology program courses are offered every other year at the University of Arkansas to accommodate the number of courses that complete the program.
The Diesel Technology Curriculum
The curriculum of the Diesel Technology program consists of the following job-specific classes:
- Engine Systems
- Diesel Engines
- Basic Diesel Shop
- Fuel Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Diesel Electronics
- Basic Diesel Shop
- Trouble Shooting and Inspection
- Suspension and Steering
- Brakes and Hydraulics
- Clutches and Power Trains
- Air Conditioning
In order to graduate, students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.
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.
Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at the University of Arkansas will have the education and training needed to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic at commercial trucking companies, construction companies, mining companies, farms, ranches, and independent repair shops.
The Basic Diesel Technical Certificate and Advanced Diesel Technical Certificate
The University of Arkansas offers a Basic Diesel Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology. The University of Arkansas also offers an Advanced Diesel Technical Certificate in Diesel Technology. Both programs can be completed in two semesters.