Looking to the future of diesel mechanic jobs
Over the next seven years, more than 50,000 diesel technicians are projected to be hired across the U.S.* These specialized mechanics work on the diesel engines that are used in buses and commercial trucks. Diesel-powered engines are also becoming more popular in private vehicles like sedans. Because these engines are more efficient with fuel consumption, they are far more popular with commercial vehicles, leaving a high demand for diesel mechanics no matter where the purchasing trends of private vehicles lean.
In order to properly maintain and repair diesel engines, a mechanic must understand how a diesel engine differs from the typical gasoline engine and know all of the intricacies unique to a diesel engine. Because of the specialized knowledge required, those who undergo diesel mechanic training are able to secure a stable, well-paying career.
That training includes hands-on experience working with diesel-specific fuel systems, electrical systems, hydraulics, brakes and more.
See a close-up look at what goes into training to become a diesel technician here:
Whether diesel mechanics choose to work in a local garage, commercial fleet or as an on-site mechanic for a company, is completely up to the individual. The working atmosphere will vary with each position, but they all offer a great, well-paying job that diesel mechanics can grow with. Doesn’t that future look bright?
* Source: careeronestop.org, for the years 2012-2022.