Diesel mechanics are mechanics who specialize in working on diesel engines exclusively. The job of a diesel mechanic includes several general steps, from diagnosing the problem to determining the appropriate solution – and finally applying it. Diesel mechanics may perform their job with or without any specialized diagnostic equipment, though most professionals at least use some common stands to keep the engine in place. Considering the nature of a diesel engine compared to a standard gas one, computers tend to be somewhat less useful in the diagnostic procedure and aren’t applied as much.
Becoming a diesel mechanic can be done in different ways – one can take up an apprenticeship, which will generally grant them employment at most places; a candidate may also display extraordinary knowledge and prior working experience with mechanics, which can also open up most doors to employment. Knowledge of diesel engines in particular is a must, as the differences with gas engines create some very specific requirements towards the people working on them. It should also be noted that licensed mechanics with proper education are becoming more and more commonly preferred by employers.
Diesel mechanics earn between $21,000 – $36,000 annually, and the job tends to have a rather low ratio of effort/returns. More skilled diesel mechanics can secure higher salaries of up to $60,000, especially if they find employment for large corporations. In general though, the job remains a low-paid one, and even mechanics who go through the trouble of licensing themselves may find it hard to earn a lot of money.