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Diesel Mechanic Fixing Truck



Career Overview

What They Do

Diesel mechanics diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul over-the-road and off-road equipment including trucks and buses, farm machinery, construction equipment, and other heavy equipment. In addition to the diesel engine systems found on such equipment, diesel technicians also perform these tasks on non-engine systems including transmissions & drivetrain, electrical & electronics, hydraulics & pneumatics, and air conditioning systems.

Job Duties

Source: Matt Hibbard – Training Coordinator, LandPro Equipment
  • Perform routine maintenance on diesel powered equipment

  • Troubleshoot mechanical systems using knowledge and understanding of systems

  • Diagnose system faults using state-of-the-art diagnostic test equipment

  • Perform repairs to system components

  • Inspect machines for potential mechanical issues and downtime prevention

  • Inspect machines for safety concerns

  • Generate customer quotes based on estimated repair time and cost of parts

  • Write up work order details for customers as well as manufacturer warranty claims

  • Participate in continuing education / training

  • Assist with normal shop cleanup and maintenance tasks

  • Account for all time and materials used on each job

Job Earnings

Source:New York Department of Labor

2019 Median $52,000 annual average depending on industry. $56,230 for over-the-road trucks and buses, $41,460 for agricultural equipment, $57,680 for heavy construction equipment.

Education/Training Requirements

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Although most diesel service technicians and mechanics learn on the job after a high school education, employers are increasingly preferring applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine and machinery system diagnostics and repair. In addition, industry certifications are important. These certifications could be universal such as ASE Automotive or EPA air conditioning certifications, or they could be manufacturer specific. Most companies will provide paid training for non-certified employees to achieve these certifications and require them in order to advance in a career path. However, many postsecondary programs incorporate these certifications into their curriculums so that the students / employees can go straight into more advanced training and / or accelerate their career path.

Job Outlook & Growth


In 2016 there were 15,010 Diesel Technicians in New York Sttate.  The job outlook for this industry remains good as 1,590 jobs are expected to be available annually due to job creation, attrition and retirement.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Source: Matt Hibbard – Training Coordinator, LandPro Equipment                                                                  

Local Colleges/Training

Source:  Matt Hibbard – Training Coordinator, LandPro Equipment                                                                  

Local Career Connection

Matthew Myers, Diesel Mechanic

American Rock Salt

Geneseo, NY

Deeper Dive

Milton Cat - On the Job Underground

Courtesy of American Rock Salt and Milton Cat

Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Diesel Mechanic Jobs
logo link to American Rock Salt
logo link to Swan Eqiupment
logo link to C.P. Ward
logo link to LandPro Equipment
logo link to NYSDOT
logo link to Java Farm Supply
logo link to Travel Centers of America
logo link to Monroe Tractor
logo link to Penske
logo link to Lamb and Webster
logo link to Waste Management

This is a selection of businesses in the region offering this career.  That does not mean that there are currently positions available.  For information on companies who are hiring right now, please visit

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