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July 11, 2019   |  


Diesel Technician Shortage Starting to Ease

The upbeat projection from Technology & Maintenance Council General Chairman Kenneth Calhoun follows a Department of Labor report that employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow by 12% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

“What we’re finding is that education is beginning to understand this is a real need,” Calhoun said. “State governments are definitely understanding this because of the economic impact it is having on them. As people are coming to the realization if we don’t have those people who build things, make things and fix things, we risk our economy grinding to a halt.”

“There is certainly evidence that more students are entering the diesel technician training system, which is very encouraging,” TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell said. “Starting salaries are pretty good on the diesel side. The word is getting out we have a good story to tell, and we’re getting the benefits of that.”

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