North American Trade Schools
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The Diesel Technology program at North American Trade Schools provides students with the knowledge and training they need to become qualified diesel mechanics.
Students learn about diesel engine design and power train principles in the classroom and engine performance, cooling systems, lubrication systems, and induction exhaust, in the laboratory.
Each student will also learn, hands-on, how to interpret technical manuals, use electronic diagnostic equipment, power tools, and specialized hand tools as they troubleshoot, service, and repair diesel engines, electrical systems, on-board computer systems, transmissions, and diesel fuel systems.
Throughout the course of the 10-month program, students will develop valuable communication and teamwork skills that will prepare them for employment in the diesel technology job field.
Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at North American Trade Schools will be well-qualified to gain entry-level employment in various sectors of the diesel industry including heavy equipment maintenance, fleet maintenance, dealership service, and diesel parts development.
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 Maryland was $49,370 yearly and $23.74 hourly, 9% higher than the national average.
The Undergraduate Certificate
North American Trade Schools offers a 10-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible.