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)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 795824 3.63 1417
United States 263,900295,500 12.03,160 4,5307,690

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.4513.9817.19 21.7227.2432.48
Alaska 30.1520.6523.75 30.3736.0640.82
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 29.8120.2722.80 29.5536.3743.01
Fairbanks North Star Borough 28.1020.1723.16 27.8133.1837.32
Southeast Region 30.6221.4724.70 30.9736.0739.25
Balance of State 31.4221.8026.23 31.9336.4639.69

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
992194 19.642.6 31.6
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation225
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation73
UI claimants previously working in occupation105
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 425
Number of job position postings 153
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.8

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

AKA Hauling   (Anchorage)
Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship

AVTEC   (Seward)
Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Diesel Power Technology AAS
Diesel Power Technology CT1
Heavy Duty Trans & Equip AAS
Heavy Duty Trans & Equip CT2

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Diesel/Heavy Equipment CT2

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

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