2017 Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics
Median Pay: US$44,520
Entry Level: High school diploma or equivalent
Summary
Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, and overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engine.
Duties

Diesel service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

  • Consult with customers and read work orders to determine work required
  • Plan work procedures, using technical charts and manuals
  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, transmissions, engines, and other parts of vehicles
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Read and interpret diagnostic test results to identify mechanical problems
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
  • Test-drive vehicles to ensure that they run smoothly

Because of their efficiency and durability, diesel engines have become the standard in powering trucks and buses. Other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers and cranes, are also powered by diesel engines, as are many commercial boats, and some passenger vehicles and pickups.

Diesel technicians handle many kinds of repairs. They may work on a vehicle's electrical system, make major engine repairs, or retrofit exhaust systems with emission control systems to comply with pollution regulations.

Diesel engine maintenance and repair is becoming more complex as engines and other components use more electronic systems to control their operation. For example, fuel injection and engine timing systems rely heavily on microprocessors to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize harmful emissions. In most shops, workers often use hand-held or laptop computers to diagnose problems and adjust engine functions. 

In addition to using computerized diagnostic equipment, diesel technicians use a variety of power and machine tools, such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, grinding machines, and welding equipment. Hand tools, including pliers, sockets and ratchets, and screwdrivers, are commonly used.

Employers typically provide expensive power tools and computerized equipment, but workers generally acquire their own hand tools over time.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on automobiles, see the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on farm equipment, construction vehicles, and rail cars, see the profile on heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on motorboats, motorcycles, and small all-terrain vehicles, see the profile on small engine mechanics.

Medium Duty Service Apprentice Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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Diesel Technician Trainee must be a diesel mechanic student

Type: Part Time
POSITION SUMMARY: This is a learning opportunity for students currently enrolled in a diesel technician program that is designed to give the candidate on the job work experience while completing their technician education. With direct supervision from a Lead Technician, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor...
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King of Prussia, PA

Service Apprentice Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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Automotive Service Technicians, All Levels

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Plant Operator

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The O&M Tech is responsible for the proper operation of the power Facility while on shift. Operates, maintains and repairs equipment to provide client with electrical energy. Strictly adheres to all safety and environmental rules and regulations to protect employees and public safety. The...
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Technician Intern

Type: Internship
Are you ready to start your mechanic career with First Transit?! Join our team as an Technician Intern!At First Transit, our technicians are an integral part of the communities they serve. They are committed to safety, customer service and have experience in heavy equipment repair.Why pick First...
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Diesel Technician - Entry Level/Level 1

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Service Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Objective:To perform skilled machine maintenance work on trucks and equipment and also performing manual worksuch as moving equipment, tools, and materials.Job Responsibilities:? Experience with hydraulic and electrical systems (including electrical schematic) must be able to repairand...
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Vehicle Technician Trainee/Intern

Type: Internship
Vehicle Technician Trainee/Interns are responsible for performing repairs and preventive maintenance on the vehicle fleet to ensure our trucks are safe on the road. This position routinely requires moderate to extreme physical exertion and may require prolonged standing, bending, kneeling,...
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Broadview Heights, OH

Service Apprentice Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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Vehicle & Equipment Service Technician AF (CDL Required)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Title: Vehicle & Equipment Service TechnicianDepartment: Public WorksDivision: Streets & ROW or Fleet MaintenanceReports to: Workgroup Supervisor or Division ManagerFLSA Status: non-ExemptBargaining Unit: AFSCMEPay Grade: 12A ($12.83 min. $16.03 mid. $19.24 max. hourly)Job Status:...
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PARK EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN AF

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Title: Park Equipment Technician AFDepartment: Parks,Recreation & Community ServicesDivision: Parks & FacilitiesReports to: Workgroup SupervisorFLSA Status: non-ExemptBargaining Unit: AFSCMEPay Grade: 14A ($14.14 min. $17.68 mid. $21.21 max)Job Status: Permanent, Full-timeFull Time...
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Mechanic

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
General Function:Diagnose malfunctions, maintain and repair District vehicles to established standards of safe and reliable operation and in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations and standards.Education/Training/Experience:Minimum: High school graduate or equivalent education, training...
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ACE EPIC USFWS Souris River Basin: ONE Invasive Species Intern

Type: Internship
United QualityCooperative is a leading grain, energy and retail cooperative located in theheart of the Bakken. Branded as a Cenex cooperative since 1929 we have providedthe highest level of reliable and friendly service to our patrons. By investingin quality equipment and people, United Quality...
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Service Apprentice Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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Service Apprentice Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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Des Moines, IA

Diesel Service Apprentice / Mechanic Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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Cedar Rapids, IA

Natural Gas Intern

Type: Internship
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Service Technician Intern - Faribault

Type: Internship
This position will work approximately 25 hours per week at Harrison Truck Centers. Work hours are flexible based upon class schedule and may lead to full-time employment upon graduation of the Diesel Technology program.Through a paid internship, Harrison Truck Centers provides students with the...
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Diesel Service Apprentice / Mechanic Intern

Type: Internship
Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) is North America's largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow, we have an opening for a Diesel Service Apprentice Intern . The Diesel Service Apprentice Intern is a part time position for students currently attending Tech School. The position...
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