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Diesel Mechanics

Employment Prospects


Diesel mechanics may find employment in a number of different areas. Many work for dealers that sell semi trucks and other diesel powered equipment. About 19 percent of the country's 285,300 diesel mechanics work for trucking companies. Others maintain the buses and trucks of public transit companies, schools, or governments or service buses, trucks, and other diesel-powered equipment at automotive repair and maintenance shops, motor vehicle and parts wholesalers, or automotive equipment rental and leasing agencies. Diesel mechanics can find work all over the country, in both large and small cities. Job titles may range from bus maintenance technician to hydraulic system technician, clutch rebuilder, and heavy duty maintenance mechanic. A small number of diesel mechanics may find jobs in the railway and industrial sectors and in marine maintenance.

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