The Utah Diesel Technician Pathways program starts in high school with the completion of select classes. Upon graduation, students will complete an internship with one of the diesel technician industry partners and then at least one year of training at Salt Lake Community College.
From the KSL.com website:
Weston Umphenour, 21, has always enjoyed tinkering with automotive engines. It’s an avocation the Riverton High graduate picked up from his father, who works as a technician for the Utah Transit Authority.
“I’ve always liked working on engines,” he said. “At home, we’ve always worked on cars — (for) neighbors (or) whoever needs it. So I kind of fell in love with it at an early age.”
It was that passion that prompted Umphenour to enroll in a pilot program at his high school during his junior year. That’s when he was introduced to what would become the Utah Diesel Technician Pathways program.
Following high school and two years at Salt Lake Community College, he is today working full time for Wheeler Cat, with ambitions of one day becoming a diesel technician or engineer.