Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

General Information

Description

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit72.72%
  2. State and local government12.04%
  3. Self-employed6.97%
  4. Federal government6.21%
  5. Private, not for profit1.95%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 28,100 openings for diesel service technicians and mechanics are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$50,200

State-by-state Salary

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$62,820
$39,110
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 40%
  • Less than high school 29%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
  • Some college 7%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Transportation
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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