Diesel Technician

Responsible for keeping the commercial transportation infrastructure moving, diesel technicians inspect, diagnose and perform routine maintenance and repair of any machine with a diesel engine such as trucks, buses, bulldozers and cranes.

Job Outlook 2016–2026*

+12% expected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Postsecondary (college) education/training


  • Inspect and drive vehicles to troubleshoot problems
  • Use diagnostic equipment and interpret results
  • Perform routine maintenance such as changing the oil and aligning the wheels
  • Repair any malfunctions in the equipment or replace parts
  • Communicate with customers
  • Utilize charts to plan work procedures 
  • Tire repair
  • Clutch adjustment or replacement
  • Perform wheel end maintenance and repair

Wages in Arkansas

Top 10% Annual = $58,360*

Average Annual = $38,250**
Average Hourly = $18.39***

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