Bus/Truck Mechanic & Diesel Engine Specialist (SOC 49-3031)

Occupational Profile

General Job 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. Method of Entry Typically requires the completion of high school or an equivalent program resulting in the award of a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) credential.

Use of Advanced Technology


Every occupation includes some relationship between job duties and the use of advanced technology -- defined as work activities and environments that incorporate complex electronics as found in computers, lasers, robotics, digital devices, satellites, etc. While basic computer skills such as "keyboarding" apply to an increasing number of occupations, each has different levels of technology interface. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists is classified as an occupation whose job duties rely on moderate use of technology.

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Employment Outlook


West Central Local Workforce Development Area Labor Market Information


  • Regional Employment 2012: 280
  • Projected Regional Employment 2022: 320
  • Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 40
  • Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 14.30%
  • Average Hourly Wage 2013: $20.30
  • Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 5
  • Average Openings per year due to Growth: 5

Texas Labor Market Information


  • Texas Employment 2012: 22,180
  • Projected Texas Employment 2022: 26,890
  • Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 4,710
  • Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 21.20%
  • Average Hourly Wage 2013: $20.18
  • Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 475
  • Average Openings per year due to Growth: 470

National Labor Market Information National


  • Employment 2012: 250,800
  • Projected National Employment 2022: 272,500
  • Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 21,600
  • Percent Change 2010 - 2020: 8.60%
  • Average Hourly Wage 2013: $21.21
  • Average Openings per year due to Replacement: Not Available
  • Average Openings per year due to Growth: Not Available Additional Labor Market Information Turnover: AVERAGE
  • Average Age of Workers in Occupation: 40.2
  • Average Years in Occupation: 10.9
  • Average Years with Current Employer: 5.9
  • Percent Female: 1.8%
  • Percent Non-White: 21.7%

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