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Old 11-18-2009, 03:59 PM
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Should I Become a Diesel Technician?

i want to go to college and get an associates degree in automotive sciences with a concentration in diesel mechanics. They only offer a two year degree. i looked up the job outlook, and diesel mechanics/technicians only make about 14-22 dollars an hour. This isnt very much. This is the only real reason im not jumping on it. will any technicians chime in? do you like your job?
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No one can tell you what to do with your own life. If you truly love working on diesel engines, then I say go for it. If not find something that you love to do.
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I love wrenching on Diesels but I am not a tech..........yet. I am working on a degree in Diesel Tech and possibly going on to Diesel Engineering.
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Im thinking about something like this but I want to make about double that so I dunno what im gonna do lol
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[QUOTE]Im thinking about something like this but I want to make about double that so I dunno what im gonna do lol[QUOTE]

i have the same problem
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i want to go to college and get an associates degree in automotive sciences with a concentration in diesel mechanics. They only offer a two year degree. i looked up the job outlook, and diesel mechanics/technicians only make about 14-22 dollars an hour. This isnt very much. This is the only real reason im not jumping on it. will any technicians chime in? do you like your job?
I don't know what the market is like in Michigan, but I'm a diesel mechanic in Wyoming for a drilling company and make what I consider to be decent money. However, for me it wasn't all about the money, I want to be able to get up everyday knowing I'm going to be doing something I love.
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I don't know what the market is like in Michigan, but I'm a diesel mechanic in Wyoming for a drilling company and make what I consider to be decent money. However, for me it wasn't all about the money, I want to be able to get up everyday knowing I'm going to be doing something I love.
well every kind of business is bad in michigan, we have the most unemployment out of the whole united states. it is complete shi* over here right now. 15.3% unemployment rate
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Just got my associates in auto diesel back in June, have worked for a Freightliner dealership for 3 years now. Im 20 now and i truly like going to work in the mornings. but the older guys there do look broken down and tell me to find something else besides heavy duty diesel, i really want to find a light duty diesel job doing performance work, just me tho
oh and as far as money, i OWN a Snap On tool box with stainless top and all the tools in it, i OWN my truck and am keeping my eye out for the right house, lets say i do pretty well for myself, but you only get out what you put into it.
just my 2 pennies
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Just got my associates in auto diesel back in June, have worked for a Freightliner dealership for 3 years now. Im 20 now and i truly like going to work in the mornings. but the older guys there do look broken down and tell me to find something else besides heavy duty diesel, i really want to find a light duty diesel job doing performance work, just me tho
oh and as far as money, i OWN a Snap On tool box with stainless top and all the tools in it, i OWN my truck and am keeping my eye out for the right house, lets say i do pretty well for myself, but you only get out what you put into it.
just my 2 pennies
that makes me feel so much better. i was looking into jobs here in michigan, and there are a lot that call for diesel technicians. i too want to find a light duty job, but i will settle with heavy duty right now. i might just go through with it.
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that makes me feel so much better. i was looking into jobs here in michigan, and there are a lot that call for diesel technicians. i too want to find a light duty job, but i will settle with heavy duty right now. i might just go through with it.
that is suprising to me because down here in s.w. ohio, you cant find a decent wrench job, everyone is slow, i guess its just the location tho we started giving away free DOT inspections in hopes that trucks would come in and need work done after the DOT lol

Good luck with whatever you decide
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