Skilled Trade

Diesel Mechanic

 Average Hourly Wage


What You Need

  • Completion of the repair track of an Equipment Operator apprenticeship program (6000 OJT & 480 Related Training)
  • or 1 year certificate through a community college
  • or an AAS degree in Diesel Technology through a community college

Job description

The diesel engine delivers more power and is more durable than its gasoline-burning counterpart and because of this, the diesel engine is used in heavy trucks, buses, locomotives and all construction equipment. Diesel mechanics and service technicians repair and maintain diesel engines and are essential to any construction company that uses heavy equipment. They are crucial to keeping equipment and heavy vehicles on the road and on the job site.

Working conditions

The work of a diesel mechanic is varried and days don't always look the same. Work can be performed in a garage or on a job site. Most diesel mechanics will be moving between sitting, standing, bending, and stooping for prolonged periods of time.

Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma or GED is required for both community college certificate and degree programs, as well as apprenticeship.


Beginning apprentices start at about 75 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months until the journey-level rate is achieved.

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