Fabian Carrillo says studying Diesel Equipment Technology at TSTC is like working in a shop. He said the teaching style of instructors has helped him learn new techniques that will prepare him for a career.

(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Fabian Carrillo did not expect his experience at Texas State Technical College to be like a job.

Studying for a certificate of completion in Diesel Equipment Technology, Carrillo, of Coleman, said the hands-on approach of learning has helped him prepare for a career.

“The lab sessions are more like a shop environment where we can bounce ideas off each other,” he said. “It is a cool experience at TSTC because it pushes me to want to do more.”

Doing more includes continuing his education by earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Equipment Technology.

“My friend went to school here and told me that it would be a great place to learn,” Carrillo said. “I have not been disappointed by what I have been able to learn. I love being able to work on the different engines and seeing my progress.”

It is important to Carrillo to work on each task until it is completed correctly.

“The best way for me to learn is by working hands-on daily,” he said. “It is important to make sure you know what each component is used for.”

Lane White, a Diesel Equipment Technology instructor, is pleased with the progress made by Carrillo, who started the program in August.

“Fabian has come a long way since he began the program,” he said. “He works hard in the lab, making sure that everything is done correctly. He wants to make sure he understands each step in the process.”

Carrillo said he has noticed himself improving, especially when it comes to the more difficult projects.

“I did not expect to learn as much as I did about transmissions in class,” he said. “It was one of the more difficult areas, but it was great to have Lane there showing me what to do.”

Carrillo said his parents have been his inspiration for attending college. He strives to make them proud with each assignment that he completes.

“They have been my biggest supporters,” he said. “They encouraged me to reach for my dreams, and TSTC is helping me realize I made the right career choice.”

While he is not set on a specific career direction, Carrillo knows that TSTC can set him up for success.

“I like the industry partner spotlights we do on campus because they catch my attention,” he said. “It is good that we can have that one-on-one time with employers afterward to find out what they are looking for after we graduate.”

According to onetonline.org, jobs for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists were expected to increase 19% in Texas from 2020 to 2030. Such technicians employed in the state can earn an annual average salary of $50,970, the website stated.

Diesel Equipment Technology is available at TSTC’s Fort Bend County, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater and Waco campuses. Depending on campus location, the program offers Associate of Applied Science degrees with different specializations, as well as several certificates of completion.

The program is part of TSTC’s Money-Back Guarantee program. If a participating graduate does not find a job in their field within six months of graduating, TSTC will refund their tuition in full.

Registration for TSTC’s fall semester is underway. For more information, visit tstc.edu.

tstc logo