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Steps towards a diesel performance career

So today I learn that the course I've been taking in college, label "diesel technology" really has very limited information on diesel power plants themselves and is more a "learn the right way to replace broken semi truck parts" program. Looking forward to next class which is fuel systems, I decided to look into what I would be learning about. Hoping, information on the internal workings and components of rotary and inline mechanical injection pumps and mechanical injector rebuilding. What I found was. Remove and replacing pump. Test pop pressure of injector, if off, replace... Besides what I'll learn from engines class on rebuilding a motor I Dont feel like I am moving in the right direction. I know their are people on here who work for shops that are doing what I would love to, I wanna know how you got there?

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College will more than likely just give you the basics and you will gain the experience and know how out in the field. I doubt there is a college that offers exactly what you are wanting.
But it will pave the way for what you decide to do in the future.

I may be way off on this... But its how it is for me in my chosen profession. (Electrical distribution systems.)

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Yea I doubt there is anything as far as school exactly what I'm looking for but there's got to be a place to start and idk where that is but I dont think its here.

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Most regional or local technical schools build their programs to meet the local job market demand. Right now, there is a dire need of diesel mechanics to work local shops and repair big rigs and the like so local schools are catering towards this.

You need to look at a more specialized school that targets your interest and needs. There are a few in the western part of the country but you have to be willing to make the move and pay the tuition. However, I think your best bet is to go through a traditional automotive performance school like what is established for racing teams and then go through a basic diesel program to build or fine tune your overall mechanical ability.

May take some more time but it will help build your credentials and make you more marketable.

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I agree with that. I didn't know they had automotive performance classes. Is this something that uti offers or something?

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I've worked with a lot of good diesel guys and I don't mean this wrong but t school will teach u basics u need to get out in the field and learn do swap test etc... It's very fun line of work but it's also very difficult at times diagnosing and finding problem then fixing them so many mor components to a diesel I usually specialize in lb7 duramax's doin injectors cups heads u name it also have a big customer line with 6.0 powerstroke me personally I hate workin on them but I do haha....

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Well yeah always will be work to be done on 6.0s lol.

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Techs LOVE the 6.0L's, because they are complete trash.


I'd stay local or a smaller school, no reason to waste money on the two big schools when they won't teach you anymore than the small school will. The larger ones may have more advanced/expensive tools and such, but those are only as good as the person using them.

After you get the basics, probably best bet is see if you can get on in an actual shop that does aftermarket installs and builds. Even if it's sweeping floors, you get in the door then work up to basic oil changes or simple things, then up to things like gauge installs, ultimately you could find yourself building triple turbo setups and full engine builds.

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I actually might have an in at a local engine shop that did all gassers. The owner wants to expand to diesels because of the growing market and he was impressed with what I've done on my own truck by myself

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