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Diesel Mechanic Jobs: Why Demand Is Growing

March 21st, 2024
Diesel mechanic loosens part with specialized wrench

Diesel trucks play a key role in maintaining supply chains for manufacturing enterprises. They are also used extensively for transporting goods locally. When transport demands the power of a diesel truck of any size, the skills and experience of a diesel mechanic are needed, as well. The diesel technology program offered at Pennco Tech provides quality vocational training for students who want to work in the trucking and transportation industries, including with buses. This program is taught at our Blackwood, NJ, campus.

Job Growth for Diesel Mechanics

Diesel mechanics are integral to the flow of goods, services, and people that fuel both the United States and global economies. As the baby boomer generation continues to retire from working life, diesel truck mechanic jobs are opening for those joining the labor force or looking for a career change.

In addition to the need for new generations of diesel mechanics, many diesel trucks are aging and require more repairs to keep running. The coming decade will likely bring new diesel trucks, as well as plenty of trucks that need repair. All these factors can lead to accelerated growth in diesel mechanic jobs.

Diesel Mechanic Skills and Duties

These automotive professionals must be trained in how diesel engines operate and how to work on them. Some of the duties and skills required include:

  • Communicating with customers to determine what needs to be repaired or replaced
  • Inspecting diesel vehicles utilizing checklists
  • Interpreting diagnostic tests and identifying problems
  • Performing maintenance, repairs, and part replacements
  • Test driving for quality control

Begin Your Career as a Diesel Mechanic

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers increasingly want to hire diesel mechanics who have completed postsecondary training programs. When they hire new employees who already have basic diesel technology training, specialized training can begin. New diesel mechanics often gain on-the-job experience that can advance their careers. For example, employers may offer diesel mechanic employees the experience required to obtain certifications, such as that offered through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

At Pennco Tech, our instructors help students learn the principles of diesel engines and gain hands-on experience with diesel truck technology. Classes cover the following topics:

  • Repair, preventive maintenance, and overhaul of diesel systems
  • Diagnosis of most systems and sub-systems
  • Electrical and computer engine management
  • Engines and drivetrain
  • Fuel injection
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Air and hydraulic brake systems
  • Basic MIG and TIG welding skills
  • Chassis repair and maintenance
  • Emission system calibration

Prepare for Diesel Mechanic Jobs at Pennco Tech

As one of the automotive programs offered at Pennco Tech, the diesel technology program prepares students for an exciting trade career. Diesel mechanic jobs are opening, and demand is growing. Our day program is conveniently located in Blackwood, New Jersey. With our experienced, qualified instructors, students gain classroom and hands-on experience working with diesel trucks, buses, and engines. They will explore tools and procedures, and they can gain the experience and confidence they need for the work environment.

Financial Aid Available for Students at Pennco Tech

Over 80% of the student body at Pennco Tech qualifies for financial aid. Once you’ve decided to explore a new career in diesel technology, our financial aid staff can help determine what types of grants, loans, or scholarships may apply to your situation. Our mission is to help students attain their goals by finishing their programs and finding gainful employment in their chosen fields. We can help you navigate deadlines and research financial aid opportunities.

*Financial Aid available only to those who qualify.

Students can also take advantage of our student loan counseling department for advice on strategies for repaying loans. Once you graduate and start working, there will be a schedule for repaying the loans. Our experienced staff can help you set priorities and meet deadlines as you enjoy your new career.

Along with the financial aid resources offered to students, our career services staff is available to assist with job searches and networking. We help students and alumni prepare for job interviews, develop effective resumes, and navigate the job search process.

Pursue Trade Careers With Training at Pennco Tech

We have been offering vocational school training for over 50 years. So, we know that Pennco Tech is a great place to start a trade career. With campus locations in Blackwood, New Jersey, and Bristol, Pennsylvania, we offer trade programs and medical programs, in addition to our automotive programs. If you hope to work as a diesel mechanic, Pennco Tech offers programs that provide an excellent start to your new career. Contact us today.

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