There are definitely a couple different roads you can take that will lead you in the right direction on your journey to becoming a diesel mechanic, and surprisingly very few requirements, which are:
- You will need to have a high school diploma, or one of the equivalents, such as a HSED or a GED.
- You must have the capabilities to problem-solve and troubleshoot as well as have strong maintenance and mechanical skills.
- You will need to finish the fundamental training required.
- You will need to complete the necessary certification required.
The necessary certification to become a diesel mechanic can differ from state to state. States like Michigan, Hawaii, New York and California require each individual shop must have repair certificates, and in some cases may require the individual mechanic to be certified as well. This certification comes from the state itself and not from an outside governing body such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
You will be required to pass tests before you can own or possibly even work in a shop, depending on the state. While becoming certified through ASE testing is still the recommended course to advancing your career and knowledge as a diesel mechanic, states like Hawaii require that you register for, take and pass a separate exam they deliver form the University of Hawaii. Michigan is another state with unique requirements for anyone looking to become a diesel mechanic, and if you want to be compensated as a mechanic there, you will need to pass the states test and earn your certificate.
Where Do You Apply?
While each state may be a little different in where you can actually apply, you can get help from the Secretary of State branches in Michigan or in Hawaii you can find the forms online at the States’ website. All of the important information, including printable applications that include more detailed instructions and step by step walk-through on how to proceed can also be found online through each respective State’s websites.
Where Do You Find Training?
You are going to have multiple avenues in which you can follow to get trained to help you in your career as a diesel service technician. You can also find training through apprenticeship programs offered through many of the major freight trucking companies, and even within your home town, through any company that offers this type of on the job training. You can find offerings for diesel engine repair and diesel mechanic training at most community and technical colleges in your area, and it’s even possible to find these programs at larger colleges and universities.
Some states allow for existing experience and even high school training to count towards any requirement in regards to time actually spent working on vehicles, and ASE certification can also help towards gaining your states required certification. Finding the necessary training that you will need to be successful in your diesel technician training is as easy as heading down to your local diesel repair shop and inquiring about a job and training there. Also, enrolling in one of the postsecondary schools mentioned before is another really great way for you to find the training you will need to become a diesel mechanic, as you’ll be able to learn inside a classroom as well as receive the hands-on training necessary for success in these diesel mechanic courses.