Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. High school or postsecondary courses in automotive repair, electronics, and mathematics provide a strong educational background for a career as a diesel mechanic.
Many employers look for workers with postsecondary training in diesel engine repair. Central Pennsylvania Diesel Institute offers that training . Upon completion you will have earned a diploma in Heavy-Duty Truck Diesel Repair .
Programs mix classroom instruction with hands-on training, including the basics of diesel technology, repair techniques and equipment, and practical exercises.
Students also learn how to interpret technical manuals and electronic diagnostic reports.
Graduates usually advance to journeyworker status, where they may then work with minimal supervision.
Job opportunities should be good for those who have completed formal postsecondary education and have strong technical skills, as employers sometimes report difficulty finding qualified workers.
Workers without formal training often require more supervision and on-the-job instruction than others—an expensive and time-consuming process for employers. Because of this, untrained candidates will face strong competition for jobs.
Central Pennsylvania Diesel Institute has a substantial list of employers who have hired our past graduates. We consistently add to this list as we continue our commitment to our students’ employment needs. Securing satisfactory employment upon completion of our program is the ultimate goal for each and every one of our graduates.
Customer-service skills. Diesel mechanics frequently talk to their customers about work that they have planned, started, or completed. They must be courteous, good listeners and ready to answer customers’ questions.
Dexterity. Mechanics need a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination for many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, or using hand tools.
Mechanical skills. Diesel mechanics must be familiar with parts and components of engines, transmissions, braking mechanisms, and other complex systems. They must also be able to disassemble, work on, and reassemble parts and machinery.
Troubleshooting skills. Diesel mechanics must be able to identify mechanical and electronic problems, make repairs, and offer a proper maintenance strategy. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.