Diesel Technology

WHAT DOES A DIESEL                   TECHNICIAN DO?

Diesel technology is a hands-on, high-tech transportation career that is in demand.  Diesel technicians repair, service and maintain diesel powered equipment. You might work on buses, trucks, farm and construction equipment or locomotives. Potential employers include trucking companies, large equipment dealers and  local governments. Our students benefit from state of the art training labs, thanks to corporate partners such as CASE Construction, The Victor L. Phillips Company and BNSF Railway. Area companies are struggling to find high-quality diesel technicians, but Washburn Tech is helping fill the void.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The program prepares you to apply technical knowledge and skills to work on light and heavy wheeled diesel-powered equipment. Instruction, covering several types of equipment, includes tune-up and overhauling, transmissions and differentials. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters and earn a technical certificate. You also may complete an Associate of Science Degree or more advanced degree at Washburn University.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Career opportunities are expected to be excellent for people completing formal training programs, such as the one at Washburn Tech. Currently, there is high demand in Kansas for diesel technicians. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average entry-level salary for a diesel technician in 2015 was $15.80 an hour or $32,868 annually.  The median wage was $20.59 or $42,833 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $32,868 $15.80
Average $42,833 $20.59

CERTIFICATIONS

  • OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins in August and January.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 year pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)