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Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics
Quick Facts : Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics*
2010 Median Pay$40,850
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012242,200
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change35,200


Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses, trucks, and anything else with a diesel engine. They check the oil level on a large diesel truck and may work on a vehicle?s electrical system, make major engine repairs, or retrofit engines with emission control systems to comply with pollution regulations.

What Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics Do

  • Follow a checklist of inspection procedures
  • Test drive vehicles to diagnose malfunctions
  • Read and interpret diagnostic test results, often by using dials, gauges, and other computer equipment
  • Disassemble and reassemble equipment and parts
  • Test drive vehicles to ensure that they run smoothly

Work Environment

Diesel service technicians and mechanics usually work in well-ventilated and sometimes noisy repair shops. Some, however, repair vehicles on roadsides or at worksites. Most diesel mechanics work full time, and overtime and evening shifts are also common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of diesel mechanics is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020 as demand for new workers in the freight trucking and automotive repair and maintenance industries is expected to drive overall growth.
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Pay

The average salary of diesel service technicians and mechanics in May 2010 was $40,850.
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Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

40850

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics*
Percent Change in Employment

Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

14.5334

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

Many employers look for workers with postsecondary training in diesel engine repair. A large number of community colleges and trade and vocational schools offer programs in diesel engine repair. These programs usually last 6 months to 2 years and may lead to a certificate of completion or an associate's degree.
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