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Heavy Duty Diesel

Heavy Duty Diesel (1050 Hours)

Diesel Mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic parts of the heavy duty trucks, and equipment. Heavy Duty Equipment Technology is the field of study dealing with diagnosis, service, and repair of heavy duty trucks and equipment. Lab and classroom courses are oriented toward high levels of technical understanding, current development such as electronic control systems and environmental issues, the development of the student’s diagnostic capabilities, and proficiency with recommended service procedures.

All courses are taught to ASE standards so that graduates will be prepared to pass the ASE industry standard tests. Students will gain experience in maintaining a fleet of diesel trucks that are used in the Truck Driver Training program at UBATC as well as compressors and other diesel powered equipment.

Nothing is more important to a mechanic than their hand tools. Typically workers have their own tools, and the more experienced workers have spent thousands of dollars on them. Students will be required to purchase their own tools as part of the training program (at student discount rates), thus improving their employability after completion of the program.

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  • The Heavy Duty Diesel Program is NOT an open-entry/open-exit program
  • Next classes will begin in October
  • Heavy Duty Diesel is offered in Vernal
  • Available to Adults and High School Students
  • High School Students can take intro to Diesel (in Vernal), in the mornings.
  • High School Students can still take advantage of evening courses tuition free.

Student Entrance Requirements

Math 8.0 Grade Level
Reading 8.0 Grade Level


Program Cost Estimate

Tuition: $2,100*

Fees: $690

Books & Supplies: $670*

Tools: $4500

Tuition and fees are based on program completion in the hours specified for the program length.

On-campus room & board not offered.

*Tuition and Books are subject to change.

There are Financial Aid opportunities for the Heavy Duty Diesel program.

Federal Financial Aid: YES
VA Qualified: YES

Q. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
A. Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.

Career Possibilities

Employment in the diesel service and repair industry is projected to grow on pace with the average for all occupations through the year 2020. In addition to the creation of more jobs in the industry, other positions will open up to replace retirees or those who change occupations.

Q. How long will it take me to complete this program?
A. The program is designed to take 12 months to complete.

For more information: Justin Jorgensen, Heavy Duty Diesel Instructor, 435.725.7126


Placement Rate Methodology:
Following is a list of allowable exclusions for determining placement rate.
Allowable Exclusions  A.   Students who transferred to another program within the institution;  B.   Students who received a 100% refund of tuition after withdrawal from the program or those who stopped attending class after the first day; C.   Students documented to be unavailable to earn a credential in their programs OR to gain employment in the field/related field due to situations such as pregnancy, other serious health-related issues (physical/mental/behavioral), caring for ill family members, incarceration, death, etc. D.    Secondary students (Some institutions may be required to report completion rate data for secondary students on a separate form.)


Diesel Mechanic

  • Diagnose vehicle technical problems and advise customers
  • Diagnose computer controlled electrical/electronic problems and repair according to manufacturers specifications
  • Solve mechanical problems
  • Work with tools
  • Work with data and computers
  • Communicate with others at all levels
  • Plan routine service work
  • Remove and/or install units such as engines, transmissions, and differentials.
  • Install and repair unit accessories
  • Usually work indoors
  • Apply mechanical reasoning principles
  • Professionalism
  • Translate technical information to basic terms of understanding
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