Oklahoma Technical College

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Diesel Technology*  

The Diesel Technology program offered at Oklahoma Technical College is designed to prepare students for a successful career in diesel maintenance and repair by immersing them in a hands-on training environment, similar to the real-world job field.

Students learn the fundamentals and basic design of the diesel engine system through classroom lecture and written assignments, developing important analytical and reasoning skills along the way.

In the fully stocked shop, students get their hands dirty learning on two full-sized big rigs. Carefully guided by their industry-experienced instructors, students acquire the hands-on training needed to properly inspect, diagnose, and repair, diesel engines, electronic circuitry, truck brake systems, steering and drive trains, hydraulic systems, converters, and cooling systems. Students also gain hands-on experience in conducting failure analysis, preventative maintenance inspections, trailer service inspections, and wheel alignment. 

Each student will be given the opportunity to disassemble, inspect, diagnose, repair, and reassemble various diesel engines and their integrated auxiliary systems using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, hand tools, gauges, electronic meters, wiring diagrams, and shop manuals. Students will learn hands-on how to properly perform diesel engine overhauls and engine tune-ups.

Students also learn the importance of teamwork and effective time management, as they work both independently, and in teams, to complete every task assigned to them by their instructors. Students also learn about practicing shop safety and how to properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials according to OSHA guidelines. Ethics, integrity, professionalism, and a positive work attitude are also stressed throughout the program.

College and Beyond 

Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Oklahoma Technical College can be confident that they possess the education and training necessary to secure an entry-level position as a qualified diesel mechanic in the medium and heavy-duty truck and equipment service and repair industry. 

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.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Undergraduate Certificate

Oklahoma Technical College offers a 75-week Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology with a Diesel Technology with Industry Management concentration. Oklahoma Technical College also offers a 35-week Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

*Program is certified by the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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