Diesel Mechanics FAQ's
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
What makes this program unique compared to other Diesel programs?
Our Diesel labs and classrooms are state-of-the-art and fully equipped (tools are provided for students). In addition, our students are enrolled in Diesel courses from day one. Many other programs require students to complete automotive repair courses first. As a result, our students gain valuable experience working with a wide variety of diesel equipment. Iowa Western prepares students to work on diesel engines, railroad equipment, oil rigs, fishing vessels, and large construction equipment.
What are Diesel courses like?
The program is very hands-on. Classes are small and are only offered during the day. Students typically spend twice as much time in lab as they do in the classroom. During the two year program, students will complete two internships, which are usually paid positions.
What is the job placement rate?
In recent years, our graduates have had a 100% placement rate, and many of them are employed before they graduate from the program.
What is the difference between the Diesel Diploma program and the Diesel AAS degree program?
Graduates of the one-year Diploma program are qualified to work in entry-level diesel equipment maintenance positions. The two-year AAS degree option is the most popular program and prepares students to work in diesel equipment maintenance, repair, and rebuilding positions.
What classes should I take in high school to prepare for this program?
Any automotive or diesel classes offered at your high school would be helpful, as well as math and English courses.