College of Applied Technologies

Diesel Technology

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The Diesel Industry is booming and is a constant factor in our economy.  As they say “If you bought it … a truck brought it!”   Few programs in the country are growing faster than Diesel.  If you are considering a career as a Diesel Technician, the University of Northwestern Ohio is the right choice. The job responsibilities of diesel service technicians are becoming more complex as more electronic components control engine operation. 

The University's Diesel program is unique because our curriculum is up-to-date with EPA engine requirements. We utilize computer engine programs and our students are taught with modern equipment and training aids.

82%

of High Performance Motorsports Graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education *

Our students train with the same tools and latest equipment that is found in service centers and dealerships across the nation, using diesel truck and engine manufacturers training aids from: Cummins, Detroit, Caterpillar, DuraMax, Power Stroke and many more.

As a student in the UNOH College of Applied Technologies' diesel program, you can also get your CDL.  You will gain the classroom and hands-on knowledge you need to pass the state exam with our several big rigs and a specially designed course. Best of all, we pay for your fees when you sit for the Ohio Class A state license which can be transferred out of state.

You can choose to enhance your training by applying for the Diesel Advanced Technology Education (DATE) program to become a Professional Level Technician for Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks.  These additional two sessions of coursework will prepare students to be immediately employed at any of the hundreds of Mack and Volvo truck dealerships across North America.  

All of our students have the opportunity to take ASE tests to become ASE Certified, an industry-wide certification of excellence.  As a benefit to you, the University will cover the cost of up to two ASE tests for each student.

Courses include:

  • Diesel Performance and Diagnosis
  • Diesel Engines Electronic Controls
  • Truck Air Systems, Brakes, and Preventative Maintenance
  • Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Integrated Electronics
  • Diesel Steering and Suspensions
  • Truck Drive Trains
  • Diesel Engine Diagnosis and Repair

Important Facts:

  • 20 Students Per Class Maximum
  • 70% Hands-On Training
  • Coeducational Campus
  • Student Activities Year-Round
  • Over 20 Clubs to Join
  • Free Admittance to UNOH Indoor Athletic Complex, UNOH Athletic Events, and Limaland Motorsports Park

Training in these courses is hands-on, using diesel training aids from: Cummins, Detroit, Caterpillar, DuraMax, Power Stroke and many more.

As a student in the UNOH College of Applied Technologies' diesel program, you can also get your CDL so that you will be prepared to test drive a diesel semi-tractor trailer outfit.

Wage Estimates and Job Outlook

The Diesel Technology field is a huge market filled with many job opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual wage of a Bus, Truck, and Diesel Engine Specialist or Mechanic is $47,350! Annual earnings range between $37,710 and $72,110 per year depending on your job title and location of employment. Also according to the BLS, there are expected to be at least 25,800 new positions available for graduating technicians in the coming years.**

*Percentages are based on surveys of our 2014-2016 academic year diesel technology associate degree and diploma graduates who reported they are employed or are continuing their education within 6 months of graduation from the University of Northwestern Ohio.  There was a 82% response rate to this survey.

**U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018, www.bls.gov, viewed June 2019

Gainful Employment

Alternate Fuels Technician - Diesel Diploma

This program is designed to be completed in 22 months. This program will cost $24,850 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Automotive/Diesel Technician Diploma

This program is designed to be completed in 28 months. This program will cost $31,950 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Diesel Technician Diploma

This program is designed to be completed in 21 months. This program will cost $23,075 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $11,345 of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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