As the focus of skills and trades training continues to rise, so does the emphasis of hiring qualified diesel technicians. The diesel tech industry is scheduled to see growth of 9% over the next 10 years, with jobs available all over the country. As the need for qualified employees rise, so do salaries.
The Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics page located on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website states that “although most diesel service technicians and mechanics learn on the job after a high school education, employers are increasingly preferring applicants who have completed post-secondary training programs in diesel engine repair.” The website also identifies the 2017 median income for a service tech is $46,360 per year or $22.29 per hour. Diesel Technicians can work in a variety of different occupational areas such as diesel repair shops, railroads, farming and agriculture, and even marine engine repair.
According to the website dieselforum.org, “diesels move approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage, and nearly all highway freight trucks are powered by diesel engines.” The site goes on to explain that “diesel power is the driving force today of goods movement by truck in our economy and diesel will play a central role in efforts to reduce fuel consumption, promote energy security and lower GHG emissions in the years ahead. Diesel also provides a unique technology platform suitable for expanded use of hybrid powertrains and lower-carbon renewable fuels – both strategies for reducing GHG emissions in the future.” This will mean expanded educational opportunities and continued job growth in an already thriving industry.
If you find yourself interested in pursuing a career in the Diesel Technology industry, visit our website for more information about the program at Oklahoma Technical College.