Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development

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Industrial Diesel Mechanics  

The curriculum of the Industrial Diesel Mechanics program at Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development is designed to teach and train students in all aspects of diesel engine service and repair on buses, diesel trucks, over-the-road trucks, construction equipment, emergency service vehicles, aircraft tuggers, and railroad locomotives.

Through classroom instruction, students will learn diesel theory and develop important thinking and reasoning skills. In the lab, students will learn, hands-on, how to properly disassemble, inspect, test, repair, and reassemble the diesel engine and its integrated system components using sophisticated diagnostic machines, gauges, power tools, hand tools, and technical manuals. Students will learn how to adjust and maintain gas and diesel engines, hydraulic systems, standard transmissions, automatic transmissions, electrical systems, steering and suspension systems, air and hydraulic brakes, tires and wheels, and heating and air conditioning systems. OSHA standards, DOT regulations, and pre-trip inspections will also be discussed and reviewed.

Effective communication skills, ethics, and a positive workplace attitude will also be stressed throughout the program. Students will be expected to work both independently and as a team to successfully complete each task assigned to them by their instructors in an efficient and timely manner.

The Industrial Diesel Mechanics Curriculum

The curriculum of the Industrial Diesel Mechanics program centers around the following career-relevant topics:

  • Gas & Diesel Engines
  • Standard & Automatic Transmissions
  • Tires & Wheels
  • OSHA Standards
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
  • DOT Regulations
  • Pre-Trip Inspections
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Air & Hydraulic Brakes

All students are required to successfully complete each course and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate from the program.

From Education to Occupation 

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 Ohio was $43,610 yearly and $20.97 hourly, just 3% lower than the national average.

Graduates of the Marine and Diesel Mechanics curriculum at Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to gain employment as qualified entry-level diesel mechanics at truck dealerships, bus lines, truck fleet service facilities, independent truck repair shops, construction companies, and rail yards. 

The Undergraduate Certificate

Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development offers a 45-week Undergraduate Certificate in Industrial Diesel Mechanics. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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