Diesel Technician

$58,360 earning potential

Diesel technicians inspect, maintain, repair and care for diesel engines. Some diesel technicians specialize in a specific type of vehicle. When commercial transportation has malfunctions, they diagnose the problems and find solutions.

This option is for you if:

You have a passion for fixing things

You thrive in a changing work environment

You're a team player

You love playing with the latest technology

You have a sharp attention to detail

You can keep a clean work area

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NICK HOCKENBERRY

TRUCK TECHNICIAN

High school: Gentry High School Conversion Charter

Age: 19

Where I trained: Diesel Technician Program through Gentry High School Conversion and on-the-job training at McKee Foods Corporation

What I Earned: Certificate in Heavy Duty Truck Technology

Employer: McKee Foods Corporation in Gentry

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

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I was able to find a job in my career right out of high school with good benefits, good pay and good hours. I also had training and two years of experience in my career before I even got done with school."

COOL PERKS:

You don't need a college degree to become a diesel technician. In fact, most people starting in this career usually have a high school diploma or equivalent on-the-job training, which you can find at a variety of Arkansas companies.

UPWARD MOBILITY:

You don't have to have a college degree to get a job in diesel tech. In fact, people starting in this career usually have a high school diploma or equivalent or on-the-job training, which you can find at a variety of Arkansas companies.

Every day is not the same thing over and over again. There is always something new to learn. I am able to apply the things I know and find my own ways of completing a job."