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If you like working with your hands, are detail-oriented, and have strong troubleshooting skills, becoming a diesel mechanic could be the perfect career path for you! Here are the top reasons to take the next steps toward working as a mechanic.
The need for skilled diesel mechanics is projected to grow 4% over the next ten years, adding 305,800 new jobs in the industry by 2031. That means that it’s the perfect time to take the next steps toward becoming a diesel service technician! With an increasing need for freight vehicles to ship materials and goods across the country, mechanics who work with diesel engines will be needed to troubleshoot, maintain, and repair these vital vehicles. This can offer plenty of opportunities for new mechanics to get their foot in the door at a repair shop, dealership, or even in jobs working for government, school, and hospital maintenance departments.
Besides being in-demand, another excellent reason to consider becoming a diesel mechanic is the pay. Depending on where you live, what kind of shop you work for, and what certifications you have, you can make a fairly high starting salary! On average, entry-level diesel technicians and mechanics earned a starting salary of $48,690 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest paid mechanics worked for local governments, often in their Department of Public Works maintaining essential vehicles like snowplows, garbage trucks, and street cleaners.
Diesel mechanics who work for truck fleet dealerships can also often earn a higher salary; many dealerships pay mechanics commission on top of their base salary.
While many employers require only a high school diploma for new diesel mechanics, even more are now looking for mechanics who have completed training in a career or technical school. Having a diploma from a recognized diesel mechanic training program assures employers that you have the right skills to successfully complete your job duties and can help you stand out against other competitive job applicants.
If you know you want to switch careers and start working as a diesel mechanic, the next step to get started is training! But if you have a full-time job and other responsibilities, going back to school to learn the skills you need to work in the field may seem like it won’t work out with your schedule. But you don’t have to give up your current job – or life – to become a diesel mechanic. One of the best reasons to study to be a diesel mechanic is that you can work and train at the same time.
With Ashworth College’s online Diesel Mechanic training you can learn basic diesel engine operations, troubleshooting and repair, and more while preparing for industry certification like the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Medium-Heavy Truck Tests. Your courses will cover the essential knowledge to become a skilled diesel mechanic through self-paced classes you can complete around your schedule, from home.
Whether you’re already a diesel mechanic and want to refresh your knowledge to prepare for ASE certification or you’re looking to start a new, rewarding career in the field, Ashworth’s self-paced, online Diesel Mechanic Career Diploma can help you take the next steps. Reach out to our expert admissions department to learn more about the program and how you can get started on a new career path today at .