Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment program may lead to the following jobs or careers:


Bus/Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist

Entry Hourly Wage

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: Dallas College​ Labor Market Intelligence


Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth for bus and truck mechanics/diesel engine specialists at 27% through 2024 in Texas.

Other jobs in diesel maintenance may include:

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

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