According to the Universal Technical Institute, “Skilled diesel technicians have various career options, including truck and bus companies, oil refineries, railroads, marine applications, agriculture, and more.” It is no wonder that becoming a diesel technician is an appealing opportunity for many.
But who qualifies as a diesel technician, and what is needed to become one? Requirements can vary somewhat depending on the technician job in question and which company is hiring. However, there are some basic qualifications that nearly all diesel technicians need. For example, the following article will outline the attributes of those who qualify for diesel tech positions.
Holding a High School Diploma or GED
Most diesel technician jobs list having a high school diploma as a requirement. Numerous online courses exist to help applicants who do not have one attain it or earn a GED.
Having a Certificate or Associate Degree
Some companies may require or desire diesel technicians with additional education like a certificate or associate degree. Obtaining a post-secondary education can translate into qualifying for higher starting pay and being more competitive for these jobs. Thus, even if it is not necessary for the position someone is interested in, going back to school can be a good career move.
Having Certain Diesel Tech Skills
Depending on the specific job someone applies for or the company they intend to work with, some preexisting skills or background may be necessary. Those just starting may only need skills that would help them in any work environment. Even if you do not have experience in the industry, employers will still look for reliable people who work well with others and have other positive traits. However, it will not hurt to get hands-on experience when possible. Job seekers can achieve this even before landing a paying job by shadowing other diesel technicians.
Having the Right Tools
While companies employing diesel technicians may supply some specialized equipment, many also expect their employees to maintain their own set of tools. For example, employers should communicate what tools they expect their technicians to carry so prospects know what they need. The smart way to build up a toolset is to buy used from other technicians who have either upgraded or retired. When purchasing new, it is wise to opt for lifetime warranties.
Having Required Work Documents
Every person working in the United States (and most other countries) needs documentation that proves their permission to work. U.S. citizens primarily need to show an accepted form of identification like a driver’s license, passport, social security card, or birth certificate. Those who are not citizens will need different documents (like work permits). Otherwise, companies hiring diesel technicians may ask applicants to provide other records, such as proof of employment history or education.
A worker who qualifies as a diesel tech likely satisfies at least some of the above conditions. People considering this career can look to this list as a general guide to becoming qualified. However, the set of skills and background each employer is looking for will ultimately be unique.