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Working As A Diesel Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Diesel Technician Do

Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engine.

Duties

Diesel service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

  • Consult with customers and read work orders to determine work required
  • Plan work procedures, using technical charts and manuals
  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, transmissions, engines, and other parts of vehicles
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Read and interpret diagnostic test results to identify mechanical problems
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
  • Test-drive vehicles to ensure that they run smoothly

Because of their efficiency and durability, diesel engines have become the standard in powering trucks and buses. Other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers and cranes, are also powered by diesel engines, as are many commercial boats, and some passenger vehicles and pickups.

Diesel technicians handle many kinds of repairs. They may work on a vehicle’s electrical system, make major engine repairs, or retrofit exhaust systems with emission control systems to comply with pollution regulations.

Diesel engine maintenance and repair is becoming more complex as engines and other components use more electronic systems to control their operation. For example, fuel injection and engine timing systems rely heavily on microprocessors to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize harmful emissions. In most shops, workers often use hand-held or laptop computers to diagnose problems and adjust engine functions. 

In addition to using computerized diagnostic equipment, diesel technicians use a variety of power and machine tools, such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, grinding machines, and welding equipment. Hand tools, including pliers, sockets and ratchets, and screwdrivers, are commonly used.

Employers typically provide expensive power tools and computerized equipment, but workers generally acquire their own hand tools over time.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on automobiles, see the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on farm equipment, construction vehicles, and rail cars, see the profile on heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on motorboats, motorcycles, and small all-terrain vehicles, see the profile on small engine mechanics.

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How To Become A Diesel Technician

Most diesel technicians learn informally on the job after a high school education, but employers increasingly prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine repair. Although not required, industry certification can demonstrate a diesel technician’s competence and experience.

Education

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. High school or postsecondary courses in automotive repair, electronics, and mathematics provide a strong educational background for a career as a diesel technician.

An increasing number of employers look for workers with postsecondary training in diesel engine repair. Many community colleges and trade and vocational schools offer certificate or degree programs in diesel engine repair.

Programs mix classroom instruction with hands-on training, including the basics of diesel technology, repair techniques and equipment, and practical exercises. Students also learn how to interpret technical manuals and electronic diagnostic reports.

Training

Diesel technicians who begin working without any postsecondary education are trained extensively on the job. Trainees are assigned basic tasks, such as cleaning parts, checking fuel and oil levels, and driving vehicles in and out of the shop.

After they learn routine maintenance and repair tasks and demonstrate competence, trainees move on to more complicated subjects such as vehicle diagnostics. This process can take from 3 to 4 years, at which point a trainee is usually considered a journey-level diesel technician.

Over the course of their careers, diesel technicians must learn to use new techniques and equipment. Employers often send experienced technicians to special training classes conducted by manufacturers and vendors to learn about the latest diesel technology.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for diesel and other automotive service technicians and mechanics. Although not required, this certification demonstrates a diesel technician’s competence and experience to potential employers and clients, and often brings higher pay.

Diesel technicians may be certified in specific repair areas, such as drive trains, electronic systems, or preventative maintenance and inspection. To earn certification, technicians must have 2 years of work experience and pass one or more ASE exams. To remain certified, diesel technicians must pass a recertification exam every 5 years.

Many diesel technicians are required to have a commercial driver’s license so they may test-drive buses and large trucks.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Diesel technicians frequently discuss automotive problems and necessary repairs with their customers. They must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Diesel technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing engines and components, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments and other easy-to-miss causes.

Dexterity. Mechanics need a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination for many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, or using hand tools.

Mechanical skills. Diesel technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often disassemble major parts for repairs, and they must be able to put them back together properly.

Organizational skills. Diesel technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability for parts.

Strength. Diesel technicians often lift heavy parts and tools, such as exhaust system components and pneumatic wrenches.

Troubleshooting skills. Diesel technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

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Diesel Technician Career Paths

Diesel Technician
Shop Foreman Service Manager Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Owner Owner/Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Electrician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Engineering Technician Electrician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Field Engineer Electrician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Computer Aided Design Designer
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Foreman Hvac Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Foreman Electrical Foreman Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Fleet Mechanic Generator Mechanic Aircraft Mechanic
Senior Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Operations Technician Machinist Mate
Marine Mechanic
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Fleet Mechanic 3.9 years
Diesel Mechanic 3.7 years
Mechanic 3.6 years
Truck Mechanic 3.5 years
Truck Technician 3.5 years
Fleet Technician 3.3 years
Diesel Technician 3.0 years
Tractor Mechanic 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Diesel Technician
Technician 13.7%
Mechanic 11.6%
Cashier 3.5%
Welder 3.2%
Driver 2.4%
Top Careers After Diesel Technician
Technician 12.2%
Mechanic 10.0%
Welder 2.9%
Driver 2.9%
Owner 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Sysco
Highest Paying City
Modesto, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Diesel Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Diesel Technician in the United States is $45,959 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $70,000.

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Top Skills for A Diesel Technician

  1. Diesel Engines
  2. Important Parts
  3. Tractor Trailers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Diagnosed malfunctions and performed maintenance on diesel engines and power generating units.
  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure proper operating condition.
  • Obtained a vast amount of knowledge of tractor trailers, a/c, air supply systems, suspensions, and electrical troubleshooting.
  • Perform bumper-to-bumper repairs on all major Tractor Trailer Units and any preventative maintenance as required by the individual manufactures.
  • Maintained diesel operation, completed inspections, preventative maintenance, corrected vehicle deficiencies, making adjustments and alignments.

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Diesel Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.2%

Unknown

6.8%

Female

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.2%

Carrier

12.1%

Portuguese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Greek

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Arapaho

0.8%

Zulu

0.8%

French

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%
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Diesel Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

50.2%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

11.1%

University of Northwestern Ohio

5.8%

WyoTech - Laramie

4.6%

Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis

3.4%

Lincoln College of Technology - Denver

2.4%

University of Phoenix

2.2%

Ohio Technical College

2.2%

Arizona Automotive Institute

1.9%

TDDS Technical Institute

1.9%

North American Trade Schools

1.9%

NASCAR Technical Institute

1.8%

Lincoln College of Technology - Grand Prairie

1.7%

Western Technical College

1.7%

Rosedale Technical Institute

1.5%

A-Technical College

1.3%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

1.3%

Vatterott Career College

1.1%

Atlanta Technical College

1.1%

Advanced Technology Institute

1.1%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

62.0%

Industrial Technology

8.0%

Business

6.1%

Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Precision Metal Working

2.2%

General Studies

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Management

1.0%

Engineering

1.0%

Aviation

0.9%

Education

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.8%

Information Technology

0.7%

Computer Science

0.6%

Apparel And Textiles

0.6%
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Degrees

Other

40.2%

Associate

26.0%

Diploma

12.9%

Certificate

12.8%

Bachelors

6.3%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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