Northeast Technology Center – Afton
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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Repair
The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Repair program at the Northeast Technology Center equips students with the skills and training necessary to properly diagnose and repair the diesel engine systems utilized by today’s diesel trucks and heavy equipment.
Through classroom lectures and written assignments, students learn about the fundamentals of the diesel engine system, while developing important thinking, reasoning, and communication skills.
In the training facility, students are guided by their instructors as they learn, hands-on, how to properly inspect, diagnose, and repair, diesel engines, brakes, wheels, electrical systems, electronic systems, steering and suspension systems, drive train systems, and heating and air conditioning systems. Students will also receive valuable hands-on training in preventive maintenance and inspection.
Using complex diagnostic equipment, wiring schematics, technical manuals, hand tools, gauges, electronic meters, and power tools to disassemble, inspect, diagnose, repair, and reassemble various diesel engines and their integrated auxiliary systems, students acquire the specialized knowledge, technical skills, and mechanical aptitude every professional diesel mechanic needs in order to succeed in today’s rapidly changing diesel industry.
Shop safety, ethics, teamwork, and time management are also stressed throughout the 9-month program.
What to Expect After Graduating
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 Oklahoma was $40,550 yearly and $19.49 hourly, just 11% lower than the national average.
Students who successfully complete the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program at the Northeast Technology Center will be qualified to gain entry-level employment as diesel mechanics in the heavy construction industry, commercial trucking industry, logging industry, mining industry, oil and natural gas exploration and extraction industry, and at train yards, shipyards, farms, and ranches.
The Undergraduate Certificate
The Northeast Technology Center offers a nine-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Medium/Heavy Diesel Truck Line Technician concentration. This program is Pell Grant eligible.