Study diesel mechanics at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College
June 13, 2008
Are you looking for a rewarding career? The U.S. Department of Labor’s “Occupational Outlook Handbook” says “a career in diesel engine repair can offer relatively high wages and the challenge of skilled repair work. Opportunities are expected to be very good for people who complete formal training programs.”
The forecast also looks good locally, according to Dee Martin, dean of the Science and Applied Technologies Division at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
“We researched the industry and discovered an unmet need for diesel technicians,” Martin said. “Local employers told us they are desperately seeking qualified mechanics. In addition, we learned the demand is projected to grow almost 16 percent in Virginia over the next 10 years.”
To help fill this void, the Manassas Campus developed a Diesel Mechanics Technology certificate program. Students in the program learn to repair diesel equipment, including engines, air conditioning, fuel systems, hydraulics, air brakes and more. The curriculum provides hands-on training and the option of on-the-job cooperative work experience.
Registration is in progress for fall semester diesel courses. “Introduction to Diesel Engine” starts Aug. 26 and meets once a week for eight weeks. “Diesel Power Trains, Chassis, and Suspension” begins Aug. 27 and runs for 16 weeks. “Transportation Electrical Systems” starts Oct. 28 and lasts eight weeks. The classes meet in the evening, allowing people with day jobs to continue working. Students may register now to save a spot and postpone paying tuition until Aug. 1.
To learn more about the Diesel Mechanics Technology program, call 703-257-6605.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.