Skilled Trades & Vocational - Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance
If you love the roar of a diesel engine, enjoy getting your hands dirty diagnosing and fixing electronic and mechanical problems, and want to enter the workforce quickly yet with a strong compensation package, a degree in Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or certification program (2-3 years) at a community college or technical college. Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence usually requires at least two years of work experience in the area of specialization followed by completing and passing the certification exam. On-the-job training, akin to an apprenticeship, is also an option.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science and experience working with electronics and engine mechanics helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance include:
- Diesel Service Technician/Specialist
- Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technician
- Bus and Truck Mechanic
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Diesel Service Technician and Mechanic was $48,500 in 2019 (1) while Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians earned a median salary of $51,590 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.