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Semi-truck Mechanic: Job Description, Salary, and Pros and Cons

Semi-truck Mechanic: Job Description, Salary, and Pros and Cons

Semi-truck Mechanic: Job Description, Salary, and Pros and Cons

Just like regular cars, semi-trucks need to be regularly inspected and any problems need to be fixed immediately. These jobs are not hard to come by given the continuous growth of the trucking industry.  As a heavy truck mechanic or diesel mechanic, a majority of the primary duties involve inspecting and repairing brakes, engines, steering wheels and fixing and repairing wheel bearings, as well as fuel injection and exhaust systems. Some of the preventative maintenance duties, like checking and changing oil, batteries, air filters and oil filters are also included. To perform these inspections, repairs and maintenance tasks to the best of your ability, you need to become comfortable with using tools like jacks and hoists, flame-cutting and welding machines, power wrenches and computerized devices used in vehicle diagnosis.

Salary Information:

With the increased use of vehicles powered by diesel engines, you’d think the market would be flooded with mechanic jobs; however, this is not the case. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected a fast as average employment growth of nine percent from 2012 to 2022 for diesel service engine technicians and mechanics. Job growth may be challenged due to the high performance and durability of diesel engines, which reduces the need for mechanical repairs. Despite these circumstances, the BLS reported that additional workers would be in demand to meet new environmental regulations.

Around 2014, most bus and truck mechanics, as well as diesel engine specialists earned between $28,130 and $65,350 per year. The largest workforce for this occupation was exactly where you would think it would be, in the general freight trucking industry.

Pros of being a Semi-truck Mechanic:

  • Training/ Certifications can be completed in as little as six months to two years
  • Typically 40 hour work weeks
  • High School Diploma Required

Cons of being a Semi-truck Mechanic:

  • Little employment growth, between 2011-2022 there is a projected growth of a mislay nine percent.
  • Nature of jobs can lead to minor injuries
  • Heavy lifting and dirt work environment
  • Exposure to potentially harmful things  such as gases and dusts

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