Mountainland Applied Technology College

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Diesel Mechanics  

The Diesel Mechanics program at Mountainland Applied Technology College provides students with the specialized knowledge and comprehensive training needed to properly inspect, repair, or overhaul buses, trucks, and heavy equipment.

In the classroom, students learn the fundamentals of the diesel engine system, including the design, function and principles of operation. Through in-depth lectures, class discussions, and written assignments, each student will develop valuable analytical and technical skills as well as strong communication skills.

Students will acquire job-specific hands-on training in the shop as they learn how to inspect, service, and repair diesel engines, brakes, drivetrains, electrical systems, diesel electronic systems, intake and exhaust systems, steering systems, and suspension systems. 

Using technical manuals, computerized diagnostic equipment, precision measuring instruments, and a variety of power tools, machine tools, and hand tools, including pneumatic wrenches, lathes, grinding machines, welding equipment, pliers, wrenches, and screwdrivers, students will learn, hands-on, how to perform engine tune-up and rebuilding by disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling diesel engines and their integrated auxiliary systems. Shop safety procedures as well as preventive maintenance inspections will also be taught. 

Students will also learn the importance of teamwork and effective time management as they complete each task assigned to them by their instructors with accuracy and proficiency. Work ethics, interpersonal communication, and professionalism will also be stressed throughout the Diesel Mechanics program at Mountainland Applied Technology College. 

The Diesel Technician Program Curriculum

The Diesel Technician program contains the following industry-relevant classes:

  • Shop Safety and Procedures
  • Preventive Maintenance Inspections
  • Break Relines
  • Engine Tune-up and Rebuilding
  • Component Inspection and Measuring
  • Drivetrains
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Electrical Systems
  • Intake and Exhaust 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.

What to Expect After College 

Graduates of the Diesel Mechanics program at Mountainland Applied Technology College will be well-equipped to secure entry-level employment as qualified diesel mechanics working at bus lines, commercial trucking companies, construction companies, logging companies, mining companies, oil and natural gas extraction companies, farms, ranches, train yards, and independent repair shops.

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 Program Certificate and Occupational Skills Certificate

Mountainland Applied Technology College offers offers a 9-month Program Certificate in Diesel Mechanics with a Diesel Technician concentration. Mountainland Applied Technology College also offers offers a 1-month Occupational Skills Certificate in Diesel Mechanics with a concentration in Light Duty Diesel. This Occupational Skills Certificate does not offer any potential industry certifications. Both programs are available for high school seniors and adults.

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