If you'd like to work with your head as well as your hands, and make a great salary besides,
you've come to the right place.
Why? Four Reasons:
- There is a shortage of qualified diesel service technicians
- A diesel-powered truck costs 7 cents less per mile to operate than a gasoline
equivalent making them more attractive to trucking companies
- The amount of freight moved by truck is on the rise
- Working on diesel trucks is interesting and challenging
Add the increasing popularity of the diesel engine with the demand for additional
trucks and the shortage of certified technicians and you have the formula for job security
as a diesel service technician. In Nebraska, the median wage for bus, truck and diesel mechanics
is $42,250 per year.*
The Diesel Service Technology program at Metropolitan Community College was developed in
cooperation with area employers to provide a real-world work environment and internship
opportunities for students while they learn the profession.
*Nebraska Department of Labor
How MCC's approach is different and why it's better
Our Applied Technology Center, at 10407 State St., has some of the newest equipment and technologies available. The trucks and heavy equipment that students use for hands-on training will come from the college’s commercial truck driving training program’s over the road tractor trailer fleet and the utility line program’s truck and equipment fleet along with a blend of customer work that will prepare the student for entry level employment in their specific degree option. You'll learn in live work situations, using a systematic skill-building process occurring over eight consecutive quarters. Fall entry is preferred and is the most systematic way to acquire your degree, but students can start taking classes in any quarter as long as they start with classes where no prerequisites are required. The typical student's first year will be day classes and their Summer internship usually leads to full or part time employment. The second year of study will be mainly late afternoon and evening classes that allows students to continue learning at their place of employment while finishing up their last year of study.
Employers prefer to hire graduates of formal training programs because these workers
often have a head start in training and are able to quickly advance to the journeyman level. Completion of the associate's degree makes the possibility of advancing into management positions more probable.
Additionally, MCC's relationship with the companies that comprise our advisory committee
provides you with several field study opportunities. Metro's active advisory committee assists
us in continually evaluating and re-focusing program goals and has been benchmarked against
other programs across the country.
Our faculty are top-notch
MCC's instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified
professionals with demonstrated certification/experience in agricultural/off-highway,
marine, aircraft, automotive technologies, vendor-specific equipment, Cummins, Caterpillar
and Detroit engines.
The Diesel Service Technology program is certified by National Automotive Technicians
Education Foundation, the accrediting arm of ASE. Metropolitan Community College is
accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Train on the latest equipment
MCC's Diesel Service Technology program curriculum is built upon a foundation
that includes the fundamentals of compression ignited internal combustion engines and
their variations, shop safety, shop operations, brakes, drive trains, suspension, steering,
electrical/electronic systems and heat/air conditioning.
Additionally, MCC's curriculum addresses the latest technology in engine repair, hydraulic
and electrical systems, test procedures and diagnostics. Rounding out the associate degree
program are general education courses that give you the background necessary for successful
Metro's Diesel Service Technology program is affordable
MCC's cost per credit hour is roughly 1/3 that of other local state supported colleges
and universities. Please see our tuition web page for the latest tuition information.
Financial aid is available.
Earn while you learn
Once you have completed foundation courses and entered the internship phase, you'll
perform one or more 8-hour paid shifts per week, which will allow you to transfer the skills
you've learned to real-world applications.
We’ll help you be successful
MCC's small classes enable you to get the personal attention you need to succeed.
If you wish to take the Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Diesel Service certification
examination, you may do so right here at Metro at our Prometric Testing Center. Metro offers
many other ASE certification examinations at the center.
Where can you go from here?
After the completing the program and passing the ASE Diesel Service certification you will
be qualified to repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment such
as heavy trucks, buses and locomotives. Other diesel technicians and mechanics work on heavy
vehicles and mobile equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors and combines.
Technicians also repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks and boats.
program history: Metro's Diesel Service Technology Program from the beginning
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