Students in the Diesel Technology Program will receive preparation in eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence using state-of-the-art equipment with master technician instructors. These areas include diesel engine, driver train, brakes, suspension and steering, electronic systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, preventive maintenance and inspection, and commercial driver training.

Regional Employment Forecast

Hourly Salary Range (Klamath Area):
$13.00 - $27.12
Hourly Salary Range (State of Oregon):
$15.30 - $30.13
Area Employment Projections: Projected growth (2014-2024) in the Klamath area is 18.5%. Projected growth in the state of Oregon is 19.6%.
Statewide Employment Analysis: The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2024. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2024. Educational Requirements: The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market.

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a bus/truck mechanic position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon's Employment Department.
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Program Advisor

Jeff Rush
Automotive Program Lead
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Q & A 

Do diesel mechanics have to be licensed?

According to Diesel Mechanic Guide: "Currently, neither the United States nor any of its states mandate the licensure of diesel mechanics. Regardless, many employers often prefer to hire diesel mechanics who have obtained a certification from an accredited school, even if this is not legally required."

Those who complete the Diesel Technology program will leave the program Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified, which many employers take in to account when making hiring decisions. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their commercial driver's license (CDL) during the course of the program.

What is ASE certification, and why is it important?

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications are tests that are used to measure a technician's level of expertise. ASE certifications offer shop owners and customers proof of a technicians knowledge and ability. Having an ASE certification, as well as the program degree, improves your career opportunities!

What kind of things do students learn in the Diesel Technology Program?

The Diesel Technology Program provides instruction and training in over-the-road diesel technology in preparation for certification or licensure. The program ensures quality instruction by adapting to rapidly changing technological advancements and regulation changes in the diesel tech and transportation industries.  

The Diesel Technology Department seeks to serve the agricultural and governmental agency sectors with testing and safety trainings. Partnering with local and regional agencies and industries, the department prepares students for successful careers nationwide.