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School-Trained Diesel Techs in High Demand Photo Gallery
Technical Training Opens the Gateway to Lifetime Job Security and Satisfaction
Bruce W. Smith –
Jan 29, 2019
Photo 1/7 | 001 School Uti Diesel Students Lead
Photo 2/7 | 001 School Uti Diesel Students Lead | Here is where a career as a diesel technician gets fast-tracked—in the “classroom” of a specialized trade school such as Universal Technical Institute. The school, which has 13 campuses across the U.S., provides hands-on training with trucks and equipment from manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Cummins, Daimler Trucks, and International. UTI says its diesel students usually have three to four job offers waiting upon graduation. (Courtesy of UTI)
Photo 3/7 | 002 School Tech Torque Wrench | Expert diesel technicians like Jason Smalley, who works on both big rigs and light-duty rigs at Mobile Diesel Service, are invaluable resources at repair shops and manufacturers’ dealerships. Diesel shops have full service bays and customers waiting to have work done. They just need more technicians to handle the ever-increasing work load.
Photo 4/7 | 003 School Tech Eric | Eric Dunks, a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence–certified Master Technician at Dunks Performance in Springfield, Oregon, is a good example of a highly trained technician who graduated from a local community college’s two-year technical school, honed his skills at a Dodge Ram dealership for half a dozen years, and then was lured away to work at the family-owned performance shop. Skilled techs like Eric are in high demand throughout the U.S.
Photo 5/7 | 004 School Full Dodge Shop | Bill Allen, shop manager at Source Automotive, a Cummins diesel, high-performance shop in Clackamas, Oregon, never has an empty bay or lift. For Bill, having more diesel technicians with Mopar training would shorten customer wait times on the bigger jobs.
Photo 6/7 | 005 School Uti Diesel Student | UTI’s core Diesel Technology program covers the full aspect of heavy-duty diesel-truck repair with three weeks dedicated to each segment, such as engines, fuel systems, brakes, electronic technology, and hydraulics. (Courtesy of UTI)
Photo 7/7 | 006 School Uti Gm Rack Students | After completing the core 45-week Diesel Technology program at UTI, students can advance to specialized Ford, Ram, and GM-specific light-duty diesel programs that lead to ASE certifications and higher pay. The combined Automotive and Diesel Technology program is 75 weeks and costs approximately $45,000. (Courtesy of UTI)