Accelerated Diesel Training Furthers Community Employment

May 9, 2019 - AURORA, Colo. - The Community College of Aurora (CCA) recently partnered with the Community College of Denver’s WORKNOW initiative to provide an accelerated diesel mechanic fundamentals training to help Kiewit Infrastructure Co. with its mechanic technician needs.

The Mechanic Technician Fundamentals Training program was a four-week, non-credit, fast-track program in shop safety, diesel engine fundamentals, and electrical components and troubleshooting. The first cohort of eight students completed the program on April 26.

Three program graduates have been hired by Kiewit to support vehicles on the Central70 project, one was hired by Penske, and the others are actively interviewing or considering enrollment in CCA’s full diesel associate degree/apprenticeship program.

Due to metro Denver’s tight labor market and the continued boom in construction, trucking, transportation, and similar projects, skilled mechanics for fleet maintenance and repair are in demand now more than ever. CCA offers the only diesel power technician training associate degree program in metro Denver using an apprenticeship model.

Victor York, a program graduate who is now working at Kiewit, said he gained valuable skills and learned much in the program.

“The program was a blessing,” York said. “I became more interested in the diesel program at CCA.”

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