Diesel service technicians and mechanics held about 263,900 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most diesel service technicians and mechanics were as follows:
State and local government, excluding education and hospitals
Automotive repair and maintenance
Diesel technicians usually work in well-ventilated and sometimes noisy repair shops. They occasionally repair vehicles on roadsides or at worksites.
Injuries and Illnesses
Diesel service technicians and mechanics have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Diesel technicians often lift heavy parts and tools, handle greasy or dirty equipment, and work in uncomfortable positions. Sprains and cuts are common among diesel technicians. Workers will need to follow some safety precautions when in the workplace.
Most diesel technicians work full time. Overtime is common, as many repair shops extend their service hours during evenings and weekends. In addition, some truck and bus repair shops provide 24-hour maintenance and repair services.