Getting Started as an Diesel Mechanic


What do Diesel Mechanics do?

Diesel mechanics are the backbone of the economy. They keep trucks, busses, trains and equipment on the road and on the job. If a truck is out of service for any period of time then the company isn’t making money. Because of this unique demand many diesel mechanics are well compensated and given endless opportunities for overtime hours. It’s not rare for a diesel mechanics to work 7 days a week if he wants to.

Diesel Mechanic Career Highlights:

  • Work with large trucks and heavy equipment
  • Work with your hands
  • Fix things that make money
  • New challenges daily
  • Ability to specialize

How Much do Diesel Mechanics Make?

Entry Level: $40,000 
Salary for higher skilled diesel mechanics: $50,000 – $60,000 
Management opportunities $100,000+
Salary Source [CHRON]

Types of Diesel Mechanic Jobs:

  • Commercial Repair Tech
  • Marine Tech
  • Railroad Tech
  • Small Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Fixed Diesel Engine Mechanic (Generators, etc)

Diesel Mechanic Schools:

  • Universal Tech Institute
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  • Motorcycle
  • Marine
  • Automotive Technology
  • And more...
Locations: Sacramento

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.


  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
Locations: Nashville

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, is dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience.


  • Building Maintenance and Repair
Locations: Richmond

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry. Students can succeed in our collegiate environment when properly motivated and taught to set goals in furthering their education. All aspects of our mechanic school are enriched with creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, while instilling a high degree of business ethics and professionalism.


  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer
Locations: Manassas
Start your rewarding career in trucking at CDS Tractor Training School. Choose to study full time or part time at our Woodford, VA campus.


  • Class "B" Training and Bus Training
  • Class "A" Training
Locations: Woodford
All-State Career can train you for an exciting career in the trucking industry. Prepare for a lifetime of job security, good income and benefits, and more. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


  • Class A CDL Driving Programs
Locations: Kearneysville

The goal of Virginia College lies in its responsibility to its students, the technical and business communities, and the general citizenry. We have a long history of offering new direction to students.


  • Electrical Technician Diploma
Locations: Richmond

Making the decision to earn your degree and pursue your career goals could be the best decision you ever make. Enroll at ECPI University and you’ll join a collaborative and fostering learning environment, surrounded by faculty and staff who are there to support you through the entire process.

What sets ECPI University apart? Just ask the employers who hire our graduates. Since 1966, more than 3,800 employers have looked to ECPI for talented professionals who are capable of entering the workplace and doing the job right on the very first day. That’s because our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of today’s highly-specialized job market.


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  • Electronics Engineering Technology - Bachelor's
Locations: Newport News