The diesel engine is the workhorse powering the Nation’s trucks and buses, because it delivers more power and is more durable than it’s gasoline-burning counterpart. Diesel service technicians repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment such as heavy trucks, buses, and locomotives. Some diesel technicians and mechanics also work on heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, road graders, and farm equipment.
Increasingly, technicians must be flexible in order to adapt to customers’ needs and new technologies. It is common for technicians to handle all kinds of repairs, from working on a vehicle’s electrical system one day to doing major engine repairs the next. Diesel maintenance is becoming increasingly complex as more electronic components are used to control the operation of an engine. Students graduating with a Certificate of Completion from Gillette College will be ready for entry-level positions in the mechanic field. Technicians and mechanics with an Associate Degree may advance to shop supervisor or service manager. Employers tend to appreciate the commitment made by students who receive the Associate Degree, and those employees tend to advance to supervisory status quickly.
The Gillette College diesel program has some of the most up-to-date training equipment around. Smaller class sizes allow the instructor more one-on-one time with students. Our excellent hands-on training has led to our successful job placement rate of 90 % for the past seven years.
For more information about the exciting and creative field of Diesel Technology & Gillette College, contact Admissions.
Accelerated Diesel Program
We are excited to inform you of a new program offering at Gillette College! Currently, we are accepting applications for the Accelerated Diesel Program, with a planned start time of June 2013. Successful completion of this program will lead to an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Diesel Technology. This degree is a valuable credential, recognized by our industry partners. The accelerated version of the degree program is scheduled to be completed in only one year and includes all elements of our current two year AAS degree program.