Skilled and educated diesel mechanics are hard to come by and many fleet managers have known this for a long time. Still, the demand is high for these crucial diesel technicians, whether it be for heavy-duty repair shops, automotive repair shops, or working on off-highway vehicles. Unfortunately, many don’t consider the time and investment in education to be worth it, but we’re here to tell you there’s great potential for an amazing career.
Next to providing the best diagnostic scan tools on the market, Triad Diagnostic Solutions works with many of these technicians, training them to use Jaltest tools and helping them hone their skills when making diesel engine repairs. So, we thought we’d take a moment to answer some questions about what the future might look like for diesel mechanics.
Is this career growing?
Yes! The need for skilled mechanics has been growing for several years and it shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this career will grow 8% between now and 2030. While this position has historically been focused on regular maintenance, repairs, and service, advancements in manufacturing technologies have led to the demand for computer and technology-literate technicians. Furthermore, the drive towards more eco-friendly engines will only drive up the need for technicians who can work on both diesel and EV builds.
How much does a diesel mechanic make?
Because technologies and skill demands are changing for diesel mechanics, the BLS reported that the median annual wager for these workers was $50,000 in 2020. Now, experts predict that to increase even more, especially with the opportunities to become travel technicians. It’s not out of the question that you could expect to make close to $90,000 per year. This is especially true for those who take government jobs or positions with larger private companies.
Why is the demand growing?
The demand for diesel mechanics is growing because the demand for diesel engines is growing. Because more companies are looking for better fuel efficiency, they’re finding that diesel engines are the right answer. When compared to their gasoline counterparts, diesel engines can convert 45-50% of fuel energy into power. Because of this shift away from gasoline engines in heavy-duty industries, more manufacturers and repair shops are looking for highly skilled mechanics to match the maintenance needs.
Is there job security?
Of course! Not only because of the demand we’ve spoken about but also because of the number of veterans leaving the career field and retiring. Many of the seasoned diesel mechanics are simply opting out of learning new technical skills or don’t want to mess with all the new technologies that are coming out, leaving thousands of job openings unfilled. Any younger mechanic who is looking for job security and wants to secure their future with good retirement should definitely consider becoming a diesel mechanic.
Can Triad make the decision easier?
We’d like to think so! Along with all the technology changes comes the need for advances in diagnostic scan tools. Thankfully, we supply mechanics and repair shops with the best on the market: Jaltest diagnostic scan tools and kits. Not only do our heavy-duty tools and kits provide you with dealer-level diagnostics but they also help you with fleet management and routine repairs. We even have ADAS tool packages for all your commercial trucks.
Give us a call today to learn more about our scan tools by dialing (317) 939-3690.
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