Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary
Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics earn an average of $20.24 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist
A diesel engine specialist (bus or truck mechanic) are responsible for making sure that all diesel engines are running properly and that any issues are quickly resolved. They are also in charge of performing preventative maintenance to prevent any issues of arising, accurate diagnostics to pinpoint any and all possible issues. They ensure their work area meets all federal and state requirements, keep track of maintenance times, and order all parts that are needed to complete the job effectively.Read More...
Working conditions for a diesel engine specialist may include exposure to high noise, fumes, sparks, flames, and other hazards. The ability to lift at least 50 pounds is required. This is a full time position in most cases. Most of the time, a diesel engine specialist (bus or truck mechanic) works for companies responsible for maintaining bus and/or truck fleets.
A diesel engine specialist (bus or truck mechanic) must possess the proper certificates for the jurisdiction in which they work and be a master technician. They are also required to have at least three to five years of work experience in the field. Most companies also require that diesel engine specialists have a valid state license and prefer a CDL license.
Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Tasks
- Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
- Comply with safety and EPA procedures.
- Perform basic preventative maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
- Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.
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Pay by Experience Level for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist
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For Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.