Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

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What do they do?

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

Also known as:

Bus Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Technician, Fleet Mechanic, General Repair Mechanic, Heavy Truck Mechanic, Mechanic, School Bus Mechanic, Service Technician, Trailer Mechanic, Transit Mechanic, Transportation Mechanic, Truck Engine Technician, Truck Mechanic

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 4.8%

    Percent Change

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  • 28,400

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.3%)
  • Associate's degree (14.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (22.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (46.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (13%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality.
  • Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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