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How Much Does Diesel Mechanic School Cost?

 
average costCertificate Program: $1,000-$5,000high costAssociate's Degree in Diesel Mechanics: $10,000-$30,000
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Diesel mechanics are trained to repair and maintain transportation equipment run by diesel engines, which may include semi-trucks, buses, diesel-powered automobiles, boats, and equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, tractors and combines. Auto mechanics receive specialized training for non-diesel vehicles. Training may come in the form of a six- to 12-month certificate program or a one- or two-year associate's degree in diesel mechanics or technology, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[1] .

Typical costs:

  • A certificate program in diesel mechanics costs $1,000-$5,000 and lasts six months to a year. A certificate from Utah's Mountainland Applied Technology College[2] costs $1,132 for tuition and fees over the nine-month program. A similar program at Lake Tech[3] in Eustis, FL, costs $2,085 for an eight-month program and $2,920 for a one-year program, each with heavy truck and bus emphasis.
  • An associate's degree for diesel mechanics typically costs $10,000-$30,000 and lasts one or two years. Tuition at Minnesota's Alexandria Technical and Community College[4] costs $10,522 for the two-year program. Vaterott College[5] in Des Moines, IA, offers an associate's degree in diesel mechanics for $27,300 for tuition for the 70-week program. The University of Northwestern Ohio[6] costs $36,400 for a 26-course associate's degree program (at $1,400 per course).
  • Certification tests cost $30-$60 each, plus a $36 registration fee, and are administered by the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence. Examples of certifications include those for medium/heavy trucks, truck equipment, school buses and transit buses.
What should be included:
  • According to Education Portal[7] , diesel mechanics courses should include diesel engine systems, electrical systems, braking systems and preventative maintenance. Lab or classroom instruction should be paired with hands-on equipment training.
Additional costs:
  • Room and board costs for a program in diesel mechanics costs $5,000-$10,000 per year. The University of Northwestern Ohio[8] charges $450-$1,200 per quarter for on-campus housing.
  • Tools and equipment for diesel mechanics can add an extra $500-$1,000. Mountainland Applied Technology College[9] in Lehi, UT, estimates $245 for a tool kit, $180 for books and $180 for shop clothes and safety glasses.
Discounts:
  • National industry associations like the Association of Diesel Specialists and regional groups like the Iowa Motor Truck Association[10] award scholarships of $1,000 or more to eligible students.
Shopping for diesel mechanic school:
  • The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation offers a searchable database of accredited programs in diesel mechanics.
  • The National Institute for Auto Service Excellence offers a free practice test[11] for candidates seeking certification.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.bls.gov/ooh/Installation-Maintenance-and-Repair/Diesel-service-technicians-and-mech...
  2.  www.mlatc.edu/programs/diesel-mechanics//
  3.  www.laketech.org/programs/medium-heavy-duty-truck-bus-technician-diesel
  4.  www.alextech.edu/en/Diesel/Tuition
  5.  www.vatterott.edu/des_moines/aos/diesel-mechanic-training.asp
  6.  www.unoh.edu/academics/college-of-applied-technologies/tuition.shtml
  7.  education-portal.com/articles/Online_Diesel_Mechanic_Courses_and_Training_Programs.html
  8.  www.unoh.edu/academics/college-of-applied-technologies/tuition.shtml
  9.  www.mlatc.edu/programs/diesel-mechanics//
  10.  www.iowamotortruck.com/iowa-motor-carriers-foundation.cfm
  11.  www.ase.com/Test-Prep-Training.aspx
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