It’s a professional career.
The BLS emphasizes that job prospects for those with 2-year degrees or vocational school training may be easier than for mechanics without formal training.
Most diesel mechanics will need a commercial driver’s license to road-test heavy-duty trucks and equipment.
Do diesel mechanics make good money?
Diesel mechanics nationwide earned a mean $20.63 per hour or $42,910 per year as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A diesel mechanic could earn $61,590 a year or more in the top 10 percent of earners. The median salary was $41,640 a year.
Is there a high demand for diesel mechanics?
Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 12 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Officials at Penske Truck Leasing and Penski Logistics say the growth demand is much higher in many parts of the country.
How dangerous is being a diesel mechanic?
Roadside service also poses the risk of being struck by other vehicles. Then there are the risks posed by diesel that can enter the bloodstream through the skin, and dangerous fumes are inhaled. This could lead to skin conditions, and long-term exposure can lead to cancer, kidney damage and blood clotting disorders.
What are the benefits of being a diesel mechanic?
Wages, Benefits and Working Conditions
Benefits may include medical, dental, vision, paid vacations and holidays, and excellent retirement plans.