Drive down the road for a while, and what do you see? Not just cars, right? The highways and byways are filled with 18-wheelers hauling loads from one end of the country to the other, passenger buses taking tour groups to exotic destinations like Las Vegas and New York City, bulldozers and other construction vehicles traveling to sites where they’ll be building new places for people to live and work.
In other words, big vehicles with big diesel engines are everywhere. And if you’ve ever had an itch to get your hands greasy working on those giant machines, now is a great time to enroll in our Diesel Technology program and prepare for a career working in a field that’s growing rapidly.
For those who want a career in diesel, today is the right time to get started. With this field growing faster than the national average, technicians with solid training, strong skills and expertise and in high demand. And since the skills needed to succeed in this field are highly specialized, those who pursue a career in diesel technology are likely to enjoy higher wages and good job opportunities.
One of the best reasons for entering this challenging, highly satisfying line of hands-on mechanical work is the wide variety of engines that you’ll get a chance to play with. Among the many vehicles that use diesel engines are heavy trucks like 18-wheelers, all kinds of buses, and heavy mobile equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines. If you love the water, you’ll love the fact that many boats have diesel engines too. And if you like smaller engines, don’t worry — many small trucks also sport diesel.
In other words, as a diesel technician, you can choose to work on several types of vehicles or opt to specialize in one area. And because diesel engines are efficient and durable, they won’t be going away anytime soon. If you start a career in this exciting, ever-growing and changing field today, you’ll have prospects for the future too. In fact, with the increasing computerization of engine parts in the world of diesel, those who train and become experts in the latest technology will continue to be in high demand as the job of inspecting, diagnosing and repairing diesel engines becomes more complicated and specialized.
When you’re ready to take your next step toward a career in diesel technology, Oklahoma Technical College is ready to help. Our Diesel Technology program trains you how to expertly handle every aspect of maintaining, repairing, and overhauling these big, bad boy engines. Our expert instructors give you all the hands-on, direct experience and practice you could want.
Our students learn how to inspect diesel engines from top to bottom. You’ll learn how to diagnose and repair all kinds of mechanical problems, as well as how to conduct failure analysis and perform preventative maintenance on electronic circuits, cooling systems, truck brake systems, steering and drive trains, hydraulics, trailer service, converters, alignment and more.
In our fully stocked shop, you’ll get your hands dirty in a good way, and you’ll train extensively on two full size big rigs as well as multiple diesel engines of different sizes. By the time you graduate, you’ll be confident and prepared to step into any real world job environment from day one.
Our program takes as little as eight and a half months to complete. And when you graduate, we set you up with a fully stocked kit of tools to help launch out into your new career — including a Snap-On Blue Point tool chest, sockets, wrenches, power tools, and more. And our Career Services department is here to help you reach out to potential employers.
For more information on our Diesel Technology program or to meet with one of our friendly, expert advisors, contact us at 918-895-7000 or request information online. We can’t wait to get you started on the path to a successful future career as a diesel technician.