Diesel technicians repair and maintain the diesel engines that power trains, ships, generators, and the equipment used in highway construction, logging, and farming. Technicians also maintain and repair power train, electrical, and hydraulic systems used in construction equipment, farm equipment, and trucks. Some technicians work for companies that maintain their own vehicles; in these jobs, technicians spend most of their time doing tasks that will help prevent future problems.
To become a diesel technician, a student should have a mechanical aptitude and an affinity for shop work, mathematics, and science. Being able to read with understanding is essential because technicians spend a considerable amount of time reading service manuals.
In addition to working as repair and diagnostic technicians, graduates can pursue opportunities in areas such as:
- Service departments of distributors and dealers that sell diesel-powered autos, trucks, or farm and construction equipment.
- Bus lines/railways.
- Trucking and marine industries.
- Electric power plants.
- Local industries.
- State and Federal government.
For more information about these careers, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.