Dixie Applied Technology College
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The Diesel Technology program at Dixie Applied Technology College is designed to equip students with the technical knowledge and skills needed to properly diagnose, adjust, repair, and overhaul heavy duty diesel powered trucks and machinery.
Students will learn the fundamentals of the diesel engine system and develop important critical thinking and reasoning skills in the classroom, while they gain valuable hands-on training through the inspection, troubleshooting, and repairing of diesel engines, heavy duty brakes, heavy duty diesel electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, steering and suspension systems, hydraulics, transmissions, heavy duty diesel power trains, drive trains, heavy duty diesel chassis, and heavy duty heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Using technical manuals, hand tools, power tools, computerized diagnostic equipment, and specialized instruments, students will disassemble, diagnose, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and their integrated system components. Students will also learn about diesel emissions as well as safety and pollution prevention.
Students will also be expected to practice shop safety and effective time management skills as they complete each task assigned to them in an efficient and timely manner. Work ethics, effective communication, and maintaining a positive workplace attitude will also be stressed throughout the Diesel Technology program at Dixie Applied Technology College.
The Diesel Technology Areas of Study
The Diesel Technology Diploma program focuses on the following areas of study:
- Diesel Emissions
- Safety and Pollution Prevention
- Shop Skills/Shop Operations
- Heavy Duty Diesel Electrical
- Heavy Duty HVAC
- Heavy Duty Diesel Power Trains
- Heavy Duty Diesel Chassis
- Preventative Maintenance
- Heavy Duty Brakes
- Steering and Suspension
- Drive Trains
- Engine Management Systems
- Electrical Systems
Students are required to complete every class and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.
From Education to Occupation
Graduates of the Diesel Technology program at Dixie Applied Technology College will be equipped with the knowledge needed to successfully pass the ASE certification exams and state licensure tests, and the specialized training needed to gain entry-level employment in the transportation industry as qualified heavy duty diesel mechanics.
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 Utah was $44,100 yearly and $21.20 hourly, just 2% lower than the national average. Utah wages for diesel mechanics range from $13.85 per hour to $30.96 per hour, with $21.20 per hour being the median wage.
The Undergraduate Certificate
Dixie Applied Technology College offers a 20-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Heavy Duty Diesel concentration. Dixie Applied Technology College also offers a 12-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Diesel Technology Technician concentration.
Also available are a 9-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Heavy Duty Diesel Chassis concentration, an 8-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Heavy Duty Diesel Power Trains concentration, and a 6-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Heavy Duty Diesel Electrical & HVAC concentration.
All programs are all Pell Grant eligible except for the 6-month Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Technology with a Heavy Duty Diesel Electrical & HVAC concentration. This program is not Pell Grant eligible.