Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists (49-3031)

Occupation description:  Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 737753 2.223 4368
United States 278,800304,600 9.28,900 16,60028,080

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.0814.6117.74 22.2927.9433.59
Alaska 31.4520.7225.59 32.4337.2941.84
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 31.5720.0124.83 32.7537.9844.09
Fairbanks North Star Borough 29.9920.8925.30 29.8235.3838.82
Southeast Region 31.0721.0324.99 32.1636.9939.88
Balance of State 32.8023.8928.65 33.5337.1739.49

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
943159 16.941.5 31.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation237
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation66
UI claimants previously working in occupation120
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 469
Number of job position postings 102
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
AKA Hauling   (Anchorage)
Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Diesel Technology AAS
Diesel Technology CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Power Technology OEC

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Diesel Mechanic/Heavy Truck Maintenance