The Yavapai College Diesel Program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the Automotive Diesel specialty area, Trucking Industry and The Heavy Equipment Industry. Students will become proficient in electronics, diesel computer systems, hydraulic systems, truck braking systems, manual power trains, heating/A/C and diesel engine rebuilds.
Job opportunities are abundant as diesel engine specialist in automotive light truck dealers, heavy truck dealer technicians and technicians in the mining and heavy equipment industry. The mining industry especially in Arizona has had an abundance of heavy equipment repair jobs over the last several years including opportunities with Caterpillar and John Deere equipment. Job placement for graduates from this program is 96% with grads working locally for mining companies as well as Caterpillar equipment.
Internships are available through – Freeport Mac Moran and Asarco Mining offer 10-15 yearly paid internships and we are working with John Deere and others to develop more internship.
YC diesel has been in existence at Yavapai College in Prescott now for 6 years. The 2013/14 semester will be the 7th year. We have a very high placement rate of around 96%. We have graduates working in The Mining Industry with FMI and Asarco mining. We also have several students working around the country at various Caterpillar dealers. We are constantly working to establish industry partnerships to place our grads. Diesel student graduates typically make from $20-$28 an hour starting wages.
Degree: AAS in Applied Diesel Technician
Associate of Applied Science Degrees:
This program offers two options for completion:
Option A: Diesel Technician - prepares the student to enter the diesel mechanics field as an entry-level apprentice diesel technician.
Option B: Mining Diesel Technician Track - Freeport McMoRan, Inc. sponsors a mining program which is designed to prepare students for direct employment in the mining industry.
Certification: Diesel Technician
The Diesel Technician certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in heavy diesel mechanics.
Program was re-established in 2005. The Auto programs at Yavapai are currently the largest enrolled program’s at Yavapai College. Automotive student graduates can make from $15-$20 an hour starting wages.
Job opportunities are abundant in the area with several grads working at independent and dealerships in and around Prescott.
- 49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
- 53-6051.07 - Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
- 49-3041.00 - Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
- 49-3042.00 - Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
Facilities and Features
The Auto/Diesel shop is a 15,000 square foot shop housing the latest in auto/ diesel repair equipment. The program has an estimated 2 million dollars in state of the art trainers and equipment. Currently all tools and equipment for students are provided by the program.