Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
Average Class Size: 14
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
About the Program
The trucking industry can be very profitable for those who keep vehicles in tip-top condition. You can learn that trade by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Diesel Mechanics program of study, which stresses over-the-road diesel truck maintenance. In just one year, you can earn a Diploma and join this important career field.
Smaller class sizes allow students one-on-one time with instructors. Rather than starting with automotive classes, you will immediately enroll in diesel classes, where we will use our state-of-the-art facility and high quality equipment to turn you into a top-notch mechanic.
With paid internships available during summer months, it’s no wonder that this program results in 100 percent job placement. Among the employers who hire Iowa Western graduates are A&M Greenpower, Caterpillar, Cornhusker International, Omaha Truck Center, Penske, Peterbilt Council Bluffs, Werner Enterprises, and many more. The current market is strong, and demand is high.
The Diesel Mechanics program is designed to place students into the work force upon completion of this ten-month diploma. This program trains students with basic diesel skills and prepares them to enter the job market in many diesel related fields. Students who wish to earn a degree and qualify for more advanced positions should major in the Diesel Technology program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Explain electrical terminology such as voltage, amperage, and resistance.
- Identify engine components and systems using the proper nomenclature and explain their function.
- Explain the operation and maintenance of disc and drum type mechanical brake systems.
* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.
* The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the most recent academic year (as of July 1).