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Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment Careers

photo of a diesel truck undergoing repairs

Job titles in diesel maintenance include:

  • Light line technician
  • Preventive maintenance technician
  • Tune-up technician

Job Skills

What makes a good automotive or diesel technician?

  • Customer service — dealing with a wide variety of people and personalities
  • Critical thinking, using logic and reasoning to come up with alternative solutions
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Mechanical knowledge of machines and tools, their use and maintenance
  • Reading and comprehending service manuals
  • Reasoning to apply general rules to specific problems
  • Repairing machines and systems and knowing what tools to use
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Understanding new information and how it relates to what you know

 

Though salaries will vary greatly according to your skill levels, experience and educational levels, according to America’s Career Infonet, average median salaries in Texas for automotive service technicians and mechanics were:

Job Title Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary % Job Growth Through 2020
Bus and truck mechanics/
diesel engine specialists
$19.46 $40,500 +9