This certificate program emphasizes hands-on training and in-class experience as students perform preventative maintenance inspections, determine causes of equipment problems and make necessary repairs and adjustments from tune-ups to complete engine and equipment overhauls. Students work on large trucks, electrical and air systems, diesel engines, engine electronics, transmissions, differentials, crawler tractor undercarriages, steering and final drives.
The program is located in the newly-renovated Hutchison Institute of Technology on the corner of Geist and University Avenue. The center is equipped with a full-modernized shop boasting the latest tools and equipment, to ensure the education and training you receive is current with industry standards. Class size is limited, so students receive individual help and attention. The instructors are all experienced professionals who not only have excellent technical skills and knowledge, but they know how to communicate that knowledge to their students.
Diesel mechanics may be hired as mechanics on engines, automatic transmissions, drive trains, electrical systems, suspension and steering, hydraulics and air systems. Diesel mechanics diagnose, repair, weld, and fine-tune the working parts of buses, trucks, construction machinery, and generators. Students completing this program are qualified to work for independent diesel and heavy equipment repair businesses and contractors. Entry level wages range from $15-$25/hr.
Tony Simko, Assistant Professor
UAF Community & Technical College
Hutchison Institute of Technology
3770 Geist Rd
Fairbanks AK 99709
Phone: (907) 455-2843
Fax: (907) 455-2919