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Heavy Truck and Diesel Technicians

While many Heavy Truck Technicians learn their skills on the job after receiving a high school diploma, employers  frequently choose applicants with postsecondary training in diesel repair. In addition, an industry certification can demonstrate competence and experience. Training in automotive repair, electronics, and mathematics, as well as diesel engine repair, provide strong educational backgrounds for careers as a diesel technician.

As employers continue to search for qualified heavy truck technicians, community colleges, and technical schools are offering more certification and degree programs in diesel repair to fill the need. Programs include basic and advanced diesel technology, repair techniques, and practical experience through hands-on training, including interpretation of technical manuals and diagnostic reports.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the organization that certifies diesel and automotive service technicians or mechanics. While this certification is not required, it does demonstrate competence and increases pay. Heavy truck technicians can also receive certificates in specific areas, such as electronic systems or drive trains, and employers often provide and encourage continuing education. Also, being a heavy truck or diesel technician requires a valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL) so that technicians can operate and evaluate vehicles.

As diesel technology continues to advance and engine diagnosis becomes more complicated the need for trained technicians will continue to increase. Heavy truck technicians will have to take advantage of secondary and specialized training to keep up with innovations in the field. Ongoing education and hands-on training are equally essential to becoming a proficient technician.

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