BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Diesel Power Technology program at Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC) is helping students transition into the workforce at any phase of life.
William Roberson is an Army veteran and graduate of the program. He wanted an opportunity to make a difference and a better life for his family.
Roberson found career opportunities within the second semester of the four-semester course.
“The skills you learn in this course, you apply immediately in the workplace," he said. "There’s not a long waiting period in between for you to forget how to do things. It’s rewarding too because I can notice a problem and fix it with the skills I've learned in this program.”
Instructor Jonathan Alexander gives students an up-close and personal look at issues that may occur in the field.
Alexander said more the last three to four years, the majority of his graduates have landed jobs prior to/post-graduation.
“We’ve been lucky and blessed to have several of our students working in the industry immediately," he said. "They’re finding jobs that they can excel in because they have knowledge of all this equipment."
Currently, the starting salary for diesel mechanics is about $20 per hour.
Alexander said anyone who looking to get into this industry will be successful if he/she is willing to learn, pay attention to detail, and show up.