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Automotive Technology-Diesel and Heavy Equipment Careers

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 

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for the Dallas metropolitan area:

Job Title Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary % Job Growth Through 2024
Bus and truck mechanics/
diesel engine specialists