Diesel engines are more efficient and more durable than regular fuel-burning engines, and specially trained diesel mechanics are needed to repair and maintain them.
Besides being used in semis and buses, diesel engines power locomotives, construction vehicles such as bulldozers and dump trucks, farm equipment such as tractors and combines, and light, diesel-driven passenger cars and trucks. Diesel engine mechanics are thus needed in nearly all areas of automotive repair and maintenance.
One increasingly common part of diesel mechanics is electronics repair, since many modern diesel engine functions are guided by on-board computers, electronic sensors and other high-tech devices. To stay up to date with modern diesel technology, diesel mechanics must be familiar with these areas, as well as most systems covered in general automotive training. Smog regulation equipment is also a growing part of diesel mechanics, and technicians are expected to be capable in that arena as well.
Here is some general information on diesel mechanics, including career and salary information.
Diesel mechanics and diesel service technicians work in a variety of environments, depending on their employer and industry. Their job can be more complex than that of traditional automotive technicians, though they often work alongside them in standard auto repair … Continue reading
Diesel mechanics generally earn more per year than standard automotive mechanics, due to the specialized nature of diesel mechanics and diesel repair. The average annual salary in the US for diesel mechanics is $42,250, with an average hourly wage of … Continue reading