What are the duties of a diesel mechanic?
Diesel mechanics and technicians inspect, repair, or overhaul large vehicles such as buses and trucks, and maintain and repair any type of diesel engine. Most will consult with customers about repairs, examine critical parts, perform upkeep on electrical systems and discuss basic care and maintenance of diesel vehicles.
How do I become a diesel mechanic?
Becoming a diesel mechanic can require academic and hands-on training through a skilled trades-focused school or apprenticeship program. Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is also standard for those working in the field.
How long does it take to become a diesel mechanic?
With Penn Foster’s online Diesel Mechanic classes, you can take the next steps toward working in the field in as little as 10 months. You can learn more by reading the diesel mechanic course outline.
How much do diesel mechanics make?
Depending on the area you live in, your experience, and the company you work for, the salary for diesel mechanics within the workforce can vary. However, the average national salary for entry-level jobs in the field is $54,360 per year or $26.14 per hour.*
What are some must-have diesel mechanic tools?
While many shops will have tools available, some must-have items diesel mechanics should always have on them include things like measuring tapes, drive sockets, screwdrivers, plyers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and multimeters.
How much does a diesel mechanic school cost on average?
On average, a diesel mechanic training course can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000¹ for a certificate program at other schools. With Penn Foster's affordable tuition, however, you can pay as little as $49 per month toward the tuition.