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Diesel Technician Careers

Getting Started as a Diesel Technician

In the last few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to talk with young people at career fairs who love turning wrenches and want to make a career as a diesel technician. If you have a similar interest, here are some of the questions we heard from them.

Do I need a degree to become a diesel technician?

While there are valuable degree programs that can certify you as a diesel technician, it is not a requirement. Good candidates for an internship or apprenticeship include people who make a hobby of working on their own cars, have maintained farm equipment, or have military experience as a mechanic. Most importantly is the ability to show up on time, follow directions, and be willing and able to learn. 

Are there benefits?

Yes! Kenworth Northeast offers a competitive health benefits package for all of its employees. In addition, entry-level technicians are offered a starter toolbox with tools and there is a tool and boot allowance. You can visit our careers page to learn more

What kinds of work is done in your shop? 

At Kenworth Northeast, we have full-service shops equipped to maintain and repair class 6-8 commercial trucks. That includes regular preventative maintenance like oil change and DEF/DPF cleaning. Work can also include diagnostics, powertrain repairs, replacing brakes, belts, hoses, and other parts. 

Are there opportunities for advancement?

Yes. As a diesel technician, you have the opportunity to complete in-house and factory training, making it possible to advance from an entry-level technician to A-Level or even a master technician within 4 years. An employee’s work ethic and application of the knowledge they gain are key to individual growth and success. 

What are the hours? 

Most Kenworth Northeast shops have two shifts, day and evening. Technicians work 8-hour shifts with a shift differential for evening shifts. 

How much money can I make as a diesel technician? 

The answer to this question depends on you. Each person’s earning potential depends on things like their willingness to learn, attention to detail, and follow-through. On average, a diesel technician’s pay can range from $20-$40/hour depending on the location. 

If you’re interested in a career as a diesel technician, check out our current job openings or reach out to the Service Department location near you to speak with a Service Manager. 

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