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Diesel Technician Fast Start™

Job Training

Program Overview

Diesel Technician Fast Start™

Facing a significant shortage of diesel technicians, businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region turned to Delta College for help. We are now accepting applications for the 10-week Diesel Technician Fast Start™ program.

This program trains you for an entry-level diesel tech job performing preventative maintenance on heavy-duty diesel vehicles like semi-trucks and buses. Individuals who successfully complete the Diesel Technician Fast Start™ job training program will receive a Certificate of Completion from Delta College Corporate Services. You will also earn 4 hours of academic credit toward Delta's Heavy-duty Diesel Service Technology associate degree.

Earning Potential

There is growing demand in the field of heavy duty diesel. Within the next 10 years, it is expected to increase by 14% and has grown over 2% in the last 2 years.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $42,717 a year.

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    State-of-the-art technology

    Hands-on training and technology are important. That's why we have the best diesel training equipment possible. You will be able to use this equipment to discover the systems of a diesel. 

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Program Details

All Fast Start™ job training programs are run in collaboration with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and area employers. It's designed to get you in the workforce quickly – it's a 10 week, 12 hours per week program. Classes are held in the evenings and weekends for your convenience.

What you'll learn

The program is 50% in the classroom and 50% in Delta's Main Campus hands-on lab.

The objective of the training program is to have the student understand the following topics:

  • Checking engine and all systems for operation
  • Inspect, check and service all systems for leaks, damage, operations
  • Systems include: engine, fuel system, air induction & exhaust system, cooling & lubrication system, instruments, controls, and hardware, heating, air and ventilation, air brakes and hydraulic brakes, drive train, suspension & steering systems, tires and wheels
  • Utilize diagnostic equipment and document repair needs
  • Perform DOT inspection list
  • Ability to work in a team environment, demonstrate ability to come to work on time and complete maintenance duties as assigned
  • Ability to maintain clean driving record
Candidate qualifications

This program is ideal for individuals who like to work on cars, enjoy fixing things and desire to work in a hands-on industry. The diesel technician position requires you to stand and lift, hold a valid drivers license and use computer skills when performing vehicle diagnostic scans. You must have a commitment to safety and teamwork.

You'll need to submit:

  • Diesel Fast Start Application
  • Résumé detailing work history -- Preferred qualifications include 2 years work experience; 1 year mechanical parts assembly and troubleshooting; OR 2 years military experience
  • WorkKeys® test results -- proof is required with application. Delta College Testing Center and MIWorks! offer WorkKeys® testing services.
    Minimum requirements for consideration of Fast Start™ program:
    • Minimum Score of 4 on Reading for Information and Locating Information
    • Minimum Score of 3 on Applied Math
 Funding support

Financial support may be available to those who qualify through Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Facts & Figures

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Job growth is expected to grow 12 percent over the next 10 years, faster than the average for all occupations.


Due to a significant shortage of diesel technicians, Delta created two new programs - a job training program and an academic degree program.

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