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June 24, 2019   |   Palomar News

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Student gets a head-start in Diesel Technology


For Ingrid Putman, the decision to pursue a career working on diesel-powered machines came easy.

Born and raised in San Marcos, Putman grew up watching her father drive semi trucks and tackle complex mechanical projects.

Now 21, Putman is one semester away from earning her Associate of Science degree in Diesel Technology, and she says that without Palomar, she wouldn’t have had access to the opportunities that have recently come her way.

Diesel Technology encompasses a range of jobs, from repairing large equipment to maintaining industrial generators to assembling new machines in factories.

Professor Sergio Hernandez said Diesel Technology is a promising career field for young people who are willing to learn the skills and work hard.

“For every seven technicians who are lost due to retirement, injuries or illnesses, all of the schools produce one new technician,” he said. “The field is wide open—anybody who wants to succeed and have a good-paying job with benefits, they just have to come in with the desire and the willingness to learn. The job market is there."

 


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