Diesel service technicians and mechanics, including bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment.
Some diesel technicians and mechanics also work on other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines.
Other technicians repair diesel-powered passenger automobiles, light trucks, or boats. Responsibilities often include:
- Evaluating and inspecting diesel powered equipment
- Determining the nature of a problem and how to fix it
- Repairing or replacing broken parts
- Testing the finished product for defects and scheduling follow up maintenance
Formal education is not required to be a diesel service technician or mechanic but it is preferred by larger companies.
Job prospects in the field are projected to be about average without any dramatic growth or loss expected in the industry over the next decade. Diesel service technicians and mechanics earn between $15 and $27 per hour.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor