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Have you ever thought about becoming a diesel mechanic?
As a diesel mechanic, you can work on so much more than just trucks. Diesel engines power some of the biggest players in our economy and play a vital role in a wide variety of industries. From farms to construction sites to even harbors, diesel mechanics
can apply their skills to many different environments.
If you have considered becoming a diesel mechanic, you’ve come to the right place. Here are answers to five commonly asked questions about the profession:
Diesel mechanics (commonly referred to as diesel technicians) inspect, repair, and overhaul buses and trucks, as well as specialize in the maintenance and repair of diesel engines. From bulldozers and cranes to passenger vehicles and pickups, diesel mechanics
have the skills to repair many different types of equipment.
Diesel mechanics possess a deep understanding of a vehicle’s electrical system, engine and working parts. This career requires dexterity and an in-depth knowledge of the technical systems that make today’s vehicles run.
Diesel mechanics are trained to complete a variety of maintenance and repair services, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, rotating tires and even full-on engine rebuilds.
Some diesel mechanics are trained on the job after high school. However, today's employers are continuing to prefer candidates who have completed a postsecondary program at a technical trade school like Universal Technical Institute (UTI).1
UTI’s 45-week Diesel Technology program teaches students the fundamentals they need to service powerful trucks and engines. In the program, students learn to diagnose and repair diesel fuel systems,
perform hydraulic services and receive hands-on training with equipment from leading brands in the industry.
After graduating from their core program, students can choose to continue their education by completing a Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training program. These courses are created with leading manufacturers and designed to mimic workflows found in the
real world, which can give you a competitive advantage when applying for jobs. Advanced training programs include:
When you choose UTI for your diesel mechanic school, you’re in good company. Some of the leading names in diesel look to UTI graduates to keep their engines running, which means you can feel confident that you’ll learn the skills top manufacturers
say matter most.
The length of time it takes to become a diesel mechanic depends on the school. At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you can train to become a diesel mechanic in less than a year (45 weeks). As a student, you’ll gain the fundamentals you need
to service powerful trucks and engines.
After completing your core training, you can advance your education with specialized training created in conjunction with leading manufacturers. UTI’s Diesel Manufacturer-Specific
Advanced training programs take from 12 to 15 weeks to complete.
If you’re considering a career in this field, you may be wondering how much diesel mechanics make? Salary depends on several factors, including education, skill level, work experience and profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the median annual salary for diesel service technicians and mechanics was $50,200 in May 2020.29 This means half of diesel technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends
on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
When it comes to job outlook, there are more than 28,000 estimated average annual job openings in the U.S. for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, according to the BLS.43 As freight continues to be shipped across the country, more diesel-powered trucks will be required to carry freight to locations where trains and pipelines are not available.
Additionally, diesel cars and light trucks are becoming more popular, which contributes to the need for skilled technicians who can work on these vehicles. Workers who have completed postsecondary education are expected to have better job opportunities
than those who don’t.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) promotes excellence in vehicle repair, service and parts distribution. ASE tests and certifies automotive professionals in order to protect consumers, shop owners and technicians. Certification
provides a way for technicians to offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge.
At Universal Technical Institute, we understand the importance of certification for technicians. Our Diesel Technology program is Master Certified by the ASE Education Foundation.
Graduates of UTI’s Diesel Technician Training program are well prepared to complete ASE examinations and can substitute their training for one of the two years of work experience required to become ASE certified.
Want to learn more about training for a career as a diesel mechanic at Universal Technical Institute? Check out our Diesel Technology program page and request more information today.
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the Diesel Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
11) See program details for eligibility requirements and conditions that may apply.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.
29) Estimated annual median salary for Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. Entry-level salaries may be lower. UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as diesel technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a diesel truck technician, such as maintenance technician, locomotive technician and marine diesel technician. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists (49-3031) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $34,323 to $70,713 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2019 data, viewed June 2, 2021, https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). North Carolina salary information: The U.S. Department of Labor estimate of hourly earnings of the middle 50% for skilled diesel technicians in North Carolina, published May 2021, is $23.20. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $19.41 and $16.18, respectively. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, viewed June 2, 2021.)
43) For Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 28,100 job openings between 2020 and 2030. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2020–30, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed November 18, 2021. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. Updated on November 18, 2021.
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