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Jobs for Diesel Technicians: Power

Jobs for Diesel Technicians: Power

Diesel mechanics are trained for working on more than just trucks—including generators

As you probably already know, diesel technology is important to keeping big trucks and other vehicles on the road. But did you also know that diesel is also critical to keeping hospitals, public safety facilities, and other essential spaces up and running?

If you are someone looking for a hands-on career—not to mention the chance to learn cutting-edge technology and to work on critical components and systems—then learning about diesel technology to support industries that rely on diesel power might be the perfect fit for you!

Critical Power

As we have learned this year with the COVID-19 crisis and global pandemic, hospitals must be ready for anything. And that includes handling maximum capacity, power outages, system failures, weather issues, and more. How do they ensure that patients, their families, and their staff are never put at added risk because of a power glitch or failure? Diesel generators!

Plenty of other essential structures and large capacity buildings also rely on the power that diesel technology provides to keep their services going no matter what else happens. Schools, government centers, and public safety facilities can all fall into that category.

There is no doubt how integral that power is to jobs, industries, and even lives. And that power depends on diesel technicians who are trained to install, maintain, and repair those generators and power supply systems.

Critical Training

Diesel generators can be especially important for facilities in rural areas and in areas that are particularly prone to inclement weather or natural disasters. They can also prove critical for maintaining certain temperatures for special items—from food and medication to chemicals and compounds.

That’s where diesel mechanics and technicians come in, ensuring that power is maintained even when the unthinkable occurs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nearly 14,000 jobs will be added nationwide between 2018 and 2028, meaning that diesel service technician and mechanic jobs are expected to grow about 5% during that period. Across a range of roles in diesel technology, technicians and mechanics earned annual median pay of $48,500—or hourly wages of more than $23 per hour—in 2019.

Do you think you have what it takes to install, maintain, and repair critical diesel generators?

The Imagine America Foundation partners with schools that provide the education and hands-on skills training students need to succeed in a variety of diesel careers nationwide. Take a look at these diesel tech schools today to get started on your journey!

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