ENID, Okla. —
Another Autry Tech program that helps students learn is the diesel automotive area. Michael Jameson has been a diesel technician for more than 40 years and a teacher for the past six. Diesel technician jobs are increasing across the United States and in the Enid area. Within 100 miles of Enid, there are 27 companies in need of diesel technicians, and Jameson said some of those companies may need multiple technicians. Enrollment also is increasing in the diesel classes.
“They choose to come here,” Jameson said. “In the next three years, we expect even more.”
Diesel technology classes also were highlighted at the open house.
Standing in front of a dissected propane powered tractor, Jameson said diesel technology is the same technology that is applied to compressed natural gas and propane engines. The only difference is the method of firing the engine. Gasoline-powered vehicles use spark fire, and diesel uses compression-fired methods. The internal workings are the same, he said.
“If you are a mechanic, you can work on everything. We teach engines here. The students know how to break down a problem, find the problem and fix the problem,” he said. Jameson likes to say graduates from diesel automotive can work on anything from a light plant to the boss’s Mercedes.
Students also learn to work on brakes, which requires knowledge of the different suspension systems of an 18-wheeler. They take brakes apart in the shop to know how those systems work.
“This is the greatest job in the world. I get to build engines, make noise, play with the boys, and get paid,” Jameson said.