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Diesel Mechanics

Diesel Mechanics

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: Diploma

Completed Online: Both
Completed in the Evenings: Day
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Industrial Technology and Transportation
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

The trucking industry can be very profitable for those who keep vehicles in tip-top condition. You can learn that trade by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Diesel Mechanics program of study, which stresses over-the-road diesel truck maintenance. In just one year, you can earn a Diploma and join this important career field.

Smaller class sizes allow students one-on-one time with instructors. Rather than starting with automotive classes, you will immediately enroll in diesel classes, where we will use our state-of-the-art facility and high quality equipment to turn you into a top-notch mechanic.

With paid internships available during summer months, it’s no wonder that this program results in 100 percent job placement. Among the employers who hire Iowa Western graduates are A&M Greenpower, Caterpillar, Cornhusker International, Omaha Truck Center, Penske, Peterbilt Council Bluffs, Werner Enterprises, and many more. The current market is strong, and demand is high.

Career Information

The Diesel Mechanics program is designed to place students into the work force upon completion of this ten-month diploma. This program trains students with basic diesel skills and prepares them to enter the job market in many diesel related fields. Students who wish to earn a degree and qualify for more advanced positions should major in the Diesel Technology program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Explain electrical and electronic terminology.
  • Identify engine components and systems using the proper terminology and explain their function.
  • Idendtify hydraulic and pneumatic system components.

Average: $20.00
Entry Level: $15.94
Experienced: $24.33

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.