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College for Diesel Mechanics

See yourself working with big engines and innovative engine technology someday? If you have a passion for all things diesel, going to school to become a diesel mechanic is the first step in getting your foot in the door of an industry that’s seriously on the rise.

Do I Need College to Become a Diesel Mechanic?

The good news is, you don’t need a 4-year university or college degree to enter the exciting world of diesel where big name manufacturers like Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit Diesel (MTU) reign supreme. What you do need, though, is to find a 2-year automotive career training school near you that offers a diesel technology-focused program.

Where Does Diesel Mechanic Training Lead?

After completing a 2-year post-secondary diesel program, your future in diesel awaits! In addition to being eligible to work as an entry-level engine rebuilder, auto technician, or insurance investigator, with your newfound hands-on experience and classroom training, you’ll also have an array of diesel prospects at your fingertips like becoming a…

  • Automotive, Truck, Bus, or Marine Diesel Technician
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Power Generator Technician
  • Diesel Service Writer
  • Injection Pump Rebuilder/Calibrator

Goodbye Diesel Mechanic, Hello Diesel Technician

Here at ATC, our ASE-certified instructors and NATEF accredited programs keep a constant pulse on what’s happening in today’s auto industry. Year by year, we’ve gradually seen the roles and responsibilities of a conventional automotive “mechanic” fundamentally change to be a more technically focused.

That’s why we have technicians in training and not mechanics—because modern mechanics are technicians. Our students graduate with the skills required to excel in today’s automotive and diesel fields using the cutting-edge processes, equipment, and procedures that drive the auto repair industry, many of which involve working with computers and sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Keep Fueling Your Diesel Knowledge

Technicians in training can’t get enough of car knowledge, interesting mods, and new engine technology. As you look for a diesel technician school near you and embark on your diesel training journey, we pulled some resources you might want to check out in the meantime:

  • Everything You Want to Know About Diesel but Were Too Afraid to Ask—learn about the types of engines you’ll become familiar with out in the diesel world as a practicing technician and get a glimpse into the different career avenues available with a diesel technology degree.
  • Diesel Emissions Checklist—learn the ABC’s of diesel emissions standards, the testing equipment used to evaluate diesel emission levels, and how testing criteria varies for light-duty and heavy-duty diesel-run engines.
  • How to Fuel a Diesel Engine with Vegetable Oil—you were likely told to eat your veggies growing up and now your diesel car or truck can as well. Find out whether it’s worth it to convert your engine to run on vegetable oil in this step-by-step guide.


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