Ever since I could go with my dad in the tractors and equipment on the ranch, I knew I wanted to be a part of its operation. I have always been fascinated with the operations of diesel engine and much of a valuable asset they are to our world today. I helped out on the ranch whenever I could driving equipment. In the summer time it was my job to operate the swather. I really enjoyed operating it as much as I enjoyed fixing it when it broke down. When it came time to go to college the decision for a major was pretty clear. This is my second year in college in the diesel program and I really enjoy it. I have learned a lot about diesels and the field and this is what I want to do.
Diesel mechanics fix and maintain every part associated with the diesel engine. There are many different branches of diesel technology which can include construction and farm equipment, over the road trucks, light duty pickups and stationary engines to name a few. A mechanic must be familiar with major brands of engines like Cummins and Cat. They can perform simple tasks of swapping out a bad component to completely overhauling an engine. The median pay for mechanics is “$42,320 per year or $20.35 per hour (United States).” When overtime hours are reached mechanics receive one and a half times pay for work performed. Negative parts of the job are the amount of overtime hours, the dirtiness of the work, and the cost of tools. Positive parts of the job are overtime pay, hands on, and traveling for work. The job outlook for growth in the diesel field “is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations (United States).” The field of diesel mechanics is still growing today and will continue for a long time.
Someone who wanted to become a diesel mechanic that has very little to no experience would start in a community college or vocational school. There are “a large number community colleges and trade and vocational schools offer programs in diesel engine repair that may lead to a certificate of completion or an associate’s degree (United States).” Acquiring a certificate or associates of applied science is critical to getting a job no matter how much you think you know. At the job every mechanic will start at the bottom of the ladder doing menial tasks that will build them up into more important and harder jobs. An entry level job could be something simple like changing oil to a more experienced position of field repairs.
Rocky Mountain Cummins is a chain of shops along the Rocky Mountains that covers nine states selling and servicing Cummins engines. I researched a diesel technician opening that was posted on their website. They gave a brief description of what the company does and their purpose. Next, they talk about responsibilities that applicants should have which include “safety, customer satisfaction, business and basic other responsibilities (Rocky)”. After that they give a very long list of...