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post #1 of 7 Old 07-26-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Any mechanics?

So I'm moving to Tehachapi next month am fixing to be a senior in high school. I would like to be a diesel technician when I graduate college and would like to see if there is a shop that would be willing to hire a young gun like me? I'm pretty knowledgable in the diesel field as I've been around them all my life.

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You considered going to a diesel mechanic trade school? I know it can be costly, but it'll give you the clout to get your foot in the door with some verifiable skills so you don't spend your first couple years doing oil changes and tire rotations. What you spend on school you will make up in the difference in pay in a few short years and you'll be that much farther ahead of the game.

Up here there's Wyotech and UTI which both have very good diesel programs, not sure what you guys have down south.
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I've been looking at both of those schools but people have said they aren't worth the money. I'm not sure but thanks!


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they have both those schools down in so cal, wyo tech is in long beach iirc and uti is up in rancho cucamunga, good luck with getting in and or a job, btw uti also has programs to get you a job while you are going to their schools

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i know this is old but if anyone stumbles upon this ill give a thumbs up to Wyotech. im in laramie were they're from and really impressed with their facility up here and the education they get. not sure on the long beach one but im going to spend some time at the one up here after i get my 4 year. not to mention the guys here do a lot of work for people so they darn near get paid to go to school depending on how many hours they put in

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I went to College of the Redwoods Diesel Mechanic School in Eureka CA and it taught me all the basics and how to apply it to the Big Semi trucks and with some common sense and understanding of how the engines work, how to apply it to our every day light duty diesel pickups (and SUVs/Cars). I think the college has shut that course down at this point due to the teacher (Mr. Keith Winniger) retiring, the last I heard was that the last diesel school (in CA) that didnt cost a fortune to attend was at the Long Beach Community College, you may want to check them out. You are going to learn the same knowledge if you go to wyotech as if you did a community school, I have a very good friend of mine (owns the shop next to mine) that went to wyotech and we both have the same basic knowledge, the only real difference was that wt had all the brand new fancy tools on hand while the cc had different companies that came in and demonstrated to us all the newest tools and gadgets and then we also were able to see them in use, oh, and I didnt have 30K in tuition bills to pay at the end of the course, he graduated in 9 months where as with all my general ed classes I did it in 2 1/2 yrs but I have a degree in diesel mechanics as opposed to just the certificates.

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Long beach got shut down when the stopped allow diesels in the poe long beach Miramar collage has dang good program im in rolled in right now
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