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Diesel Mechanics  

The Diesel Mechanics program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare students for various career paths within the diesel mechanics industry. Students are educated and trained by experienced diesel mechanic instructors on how to properly maintain and repair a variety of industrial diesel equipment such as farm tractors, commercial trucks, and construction equipment.

Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Technology Management with an emphasis in Diesel Mechanics Technology, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Mechanics Technology, Diesel Mechanics Technology diploma, or an Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Mechanics Technology.

In the classroom, students learn the fundamentals of the diesel engine system, including the design, function and principles of operation, as well as diesel theory, engine electronics and diagnostics theory, power trains theory, fluid power transmission theory, and heating ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration theory. 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, chassis, power trains, transmissions, electrical systems, engine electronic systems, refrigeration systems, climate control systems, steering systems, suspension systems, and hydraulic systems. 

Using technical manuals, computerized diagnostic equipment, precision measuring instruments, and a variety of power tools, machine tools, and hand tools, students will learn, hands-on, how to perform diesel engine tune-up and overhaul by disassembling, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing, and reassembling diesel engines and their integrated component systems.

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 Utah Valley University.

The Technology Management Emphasis in Diesel Mechanics Technology B.A.S. Degree

The Technology Management Emphasis in Diesel Mechanics Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program consists of the following industry-specific classes:

  • Diesel Engine Overhaul
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul Lab
  • Diesel Engine Operation/Tune Up
  • Diesel Engine Operation/Tune-up Lab
  • Electrical Systems Theory
  • Electrical Systems Lab
  • Engine Electronics and Diagnostics Theory
  • Engine Electronics and Diagnostics
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Theory
  • Climate Control Lab
  • Fluid Power Theory
  • Fluid Power Lab
  • Fluid Power Transmission Theory
  • Fluid Power Transmission Lab
  • Chassis Theory
  • Chassis Lab
  • Power Trains Theory
  • Power Trains Lab

Students are also required to take a variety of general education courses in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program. Students are required to finish every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Mechanics Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Diesel Mechanics Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree program contains the following career-relevant courses:

  • Diesel Engine Overhaul
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul Lab
  • Diesel Engine Operation/Tune Up
  • Diesel Engine Operation/Tune-up Lab
  • Electrical Systems Theory
  • Electrical Systems Lab
  • Engine Electronics and Diagnostics Theory
  • Engine Electronics and Diagnostics
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Theory
  • Climate Control Lab
  • Fluid Power Theory
  • Fluid Power Lab
  • Fluid Power Transmission Theory
  • Fluid Power Transmission Lab
  • Chassis Theory
  • Chassis Lab
  • Power Trains Theory
  • Power Trains Lab

Students are also required to take Business Communication, Tech Math for Mechanics or Integrated Beginning and Intermediate Algebra or any higher MATH course, one approved Humanities or Fine Arts or Foreign Language Distribution course, one approved Behavioral Science or Social Science or Political Science Distribution course, one approved Biology or Physical Science Distribution course, and one approved Physical Education or Health or Safety or Environment course, in order to meet the 64 credit hour requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. To be eligible to graduate, students are required to complete each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Diesel Mechanics Technology Diploma Program

The Diesel Mechanics Technology Diploma program is made up of the following core classes:

  • Diesel Engine Overhaul
  • Diesel Engine Overhaul Lab
  • Diesel Engine Operation/Tune Up
  • Diesel Engine Operation/Tune-up Lab
  • Electrical Systems Theory
  • Electrical Systems Lab
  • Engine Electronics and Diagnostics Theory
  • Engine Electronics and Diagnostics
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Theory
  • Climate Control Lab
  • Fluid Power Theory
  • Fluid Power Lab
  • Fluid Power Transmission Theory
  • Fluid Power Transmission Lab
  • Chassis Theory
  • Chassis Lab
  • Power Trains Theory
  • Power Trains Lab

Students are also required to take Business Communication, Tech Math for Mechanics, and any approved Behavioral Science or Social Science or Political Science Distribution course, in order to meet the 56 credit requirements of the Diesel Mechanics Technology Diploma program. In order to graduate, students are required to finish each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

Career Outlook

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.

Graduates of the Diesel Mechanics program at Utah Valley University will possess the skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the diesel equipment technology field, including equipment diagnosis, troubleshooting, repairing, servicing, maintenance, and management. Graduates will be qualified to inspect, service, and repair railroad locomotives, heavy duty trucks, buses, agriculture equipment, and construction equipment, in various segments of the diesel industry, including, heavy-duty construction companies, oil and natural gas exploration and extraction companies, farms, ranches, mining companies, logging companies, train yards, truck repair shops, bus lines, and commercial trucking companies. 

Utah Valley University Degrees and Certificates

Utah Valley University offers a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Mechanics with a Technology Management concentration, as well as a a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Mechanics. Utah Valley University also offers a two-year Diesel Mechanics Technology Diplomaas well as a one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Mechanics. All four programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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