Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Diesel Mechanic Career Requires The Right Training

If I was looking for Diesel Mechanic training I would check out the school featured in the video below. Becoming a Diesel Mechanic these days is not easy as it was 20 or 30 years ago. All the engines were mechanical injection and a lot easier to work on and diagnose. If you had an engine miss all you had to do was crack a fuel injection line one at a time to track down the bad hole and drip diesel fuel onto the ground. But now since new emission standards totally transformed the diesel engine industry it also changed the way a Diesel Mechanic thinks.

Now you HAVE to use software to properly troubleshoot an electronic diesel engine. You're dead in the water without the right tooling. If I get a question here about an electronic diesel engine with a code, the first thing I suggest is hook up your laptop and if you don't have one with the engine manufacturer's software take it to a shop that does. It's the way of the future now with sensors monitoring every output and input imaginable to help the Engine computer to keep the emissions down to a safe level.

I totally agree with this path industry is taking even if finding an engine code problem can be a frustrating task. If you're someone who has tinkered with mechanics for a long time you or just got a taste of it in your high school automotive shop you're ready to upgrade. Mechanic College is your best step, on the video below there are reps from Cummins who take students from this course and give them a job and that turns into a career.

There are so many opportunities out there in different industries for diesel mechanics all you have to do is go find them. You most likely would have to relocate (I went up North during my 2nd year apprenticeship) to get the job you want. You also have to show enthusiasm to your potential employer. Tell them you want to learn and grow with their company. If you enjoy the Diesel Mechanic trade and want to succeed... attitude and training will get you there in no time.


Charles Powell said...

UTI is a great school. I know fellow mechanics who have benefited from their education there.I ,on the other hand went to a community college and recieved my diesel certificate there. Community colleges also offer great training to become a diesel mechanic, as well as the latest software, parts,and shop faclities. There are at least 2 community colleges in my area of Los Angeles that are upgrading their facilities as I post this. Also major truck companies and engine manufacturers may also sponsor and have appretinceship programs or entry level jobs waiting for he gradating student as well. So if you can't afford the specialized schools, community colleges would be the best bet for the aspiring mechanic without breaking ones bank account. Good luck to all aspiring mechanics whicheve route you choose.

Diesel Mechanic Jobs said...

The most demanding thing in the diesel mechanic career is the proper guidance and training which is almost impossible.

Machman49 said...

Im currently a UTI student and the video doesn't lie. Everything mentioned is right on. Im about to graduate and already have a job lined up working for an International trucks dealership. Everything we work on is the latest and greatest and the school is always putting funding into program to make sure we have the best stuff. We have employers come in from big companies(Swift trucking, BNSF railroads etc.) to do presentations about what they look for in possible candidates. i could keep praising the school on and on. btw great job on the blog John.

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Briefcase said...

The major truck companies and engine manufacturers may also sponsor and have apprenticeship programs or entry level jobs waiting for he gradating student as well..