Diesel Technology

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 McMoran and Asarco Mining offer 10-15 yearly paid internships and we are working with John Deere and others to develop more internship.

  • Diesel garage
  • Working on a CAT
  • Working on a CAT engine
  • Mechanics at a tool box
  • Typographic text graphic
  • A big diesel engine
  • Mechanics under the hood of a diesel truck
  • Girls Dirt Mechanic
  • Calibrating the crankshaft with a tool
  • Working on a diesel
  • Students and instructor posing for a photo
  • Shot of a Freightliner's cab lifted
  • Mechanic under the Frieghtliner's cab

 Program Facts

YC diesel has been in existence at Yavapai College in Prescott now for 8 years. The 2015/16 semester will be the 9th 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:

AAS - Diesel Technician

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


Diesel Technician

The Diesel Technician certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in heavy diesel mechanics.

 Employment Data

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.

From the United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor:

From American Job Center Network:

  • 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

CTEC Campus:

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.



Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold is in a unique partnership with Yavapai College, CTEC, offering a two year Mining Internship Program, including Diesel Technician, Electrical & Instrumentation Technology and Industrial Machine Mechanic. For further information please contact Stephanie Wiltcher at 928 717 7107 or Stephanie.wiltcher@yc.edu.

Contact Information

Academic Advising questions call Lisa Mauldin 928-776-2080 or lisa.mauldin@yc.edu

Ron Luellen