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Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment Careers

photo of a diesel truck undergoing repairs

Job titles in diesel maintenance can include:

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

Job Skills

What makes a good automotive or diesel technician? It helps if you are good at:

  • 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, both inductive and deductive, to apply general rules to specific problems
  • Repairing machines and systems and knowing what tools to use
  • Troubleshooting problems and determining what to do about them
  • Understanding new information and how it relates to what you know

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for:

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 2018
Automotive service technicians and mechanics $16.95 $35,300 +13