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How much does diesel technician school cost? What to expect

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There are many routes you can take to become a diesel technician. One of them is to earn a degree in diesel technology from an accredited technical or community college. 

Gain a better understanding of how much diesel technician school costs, so you can be better prepared for the financial investment required to pursue post-secondary training and start a maintenance career. 

How much is diesel technician school? 

Cost breakdown by program

The cost of attending a technical or community college can vary greatly based on what type of program you pursue. You can earn:

Generally, a certificate program costs less than a technical diploma or an associate degree. That’s because it takes less time to earn a certificate (a few months to one year) than a technical diploma or an associate degree (up to two years).

Here’s a breakdown of the cost of each program:

  • Certificate in diesel technology: Typically costs between $1,000-$8,000.
  • Technical diploma in diesel technology: Usually costs anywhere from $1,000-$15,000.
  • Associate degree in diesel technology: Generally costs between $10,000-$40,000.

Cost-influencing factors

When you think about the cost of pursuing a post-secondary training program, it's important to consider all the factors that will influence your overall expenses.

Other cost-influencing factors include:

  • What technical or community college you attend.
  • Whether you complete an in-person or online program.
  • If you go to an in-state or out-of-state school.
  • If tuition includes the cost of tools, books and other supplies, or if those will come at an extra cost.
  • If there are scholarships you can take advantage of.

Attending a school in the state you live in and/or completing an online program can help reduce the cost of tuition.

How much does it cost to become a diesel technician?

In addition to education expenses, diesel technicians usually need to invest in their own tools, toolboxes and safety boots.

Cost of tools

In general, a professional-quality starter tool set can cost anywhere from $1,000-$30,000, depending on:

  • The brand of the tools.
  • The quality of the tools.
  • The specific tools included in the set.
  • If a toolbox is included.

Cost of toolboxes 

A good toolbox can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on the brand and the features of the box you choose.

Cost of boots 

Safety boots are also an essential purchase for diesel technicians. OSHA-approved footwear typically costs between $100-$200. Some companies, like Schneider, offer special discounts on safety boots for diesel techs to take advantage of.

How long does it take to become a diesel technician?

Whether you choose to pursue post-secondary education or want to leverage on-the-job training, see how soon you can start a maintenance career based on the route you pick. 
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