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Bus and Truck Mechanics

Bus and Truck Mechanics are Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics who specialize in the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of diesel engines. These powerful engines are more durable and efficient than its gasoline-burning counterpart and come standard in busses, trucks, and locomotives in the United States. Over the years, these powerful engines have become more popular in lighter vehicles such as cars and work and pick-up trucks. In addition to busses and trucks, some Mechanics also work on other heavy, diesel-powered vehicles and equipment including cranes, bulldozers, farm tractors, and road graders. Others perform repairs on diesel-powered boats, light trucks, and passenger cars.

Mechanics who are employed by companies that maintain their own vehicles spend the majority of their time performing preventive maintenance (using a standard inspection checklist) that ultimately saves the company money and mitigates future breakdowns. Some tasks include examining and adjusting a vehicle's protective/safety features and checking for loose bolts. These Mechanics also perform other tasks such as oil changes; battery checks; and greasing, cleaning, or repairing parts, pistons, gears, wheel bearings, and valves.

Bus and Truck Mechanics also perform repairs on vehicles that are not functioning properly. To perform a diagnosis and analysis, the Mechanic may use a hand-held computer (e.g., chassis charts, motor analyzers, and pressure gauges) that they attach to specific parts in the vehicle. The gauges from the computer identify the problem areas that require attention.

The tools, which a Mechanic uses, vary greatly and may include:

  • lathes and grinding machines - used to rebuild brakes
  • pneumatic wrenches - used to rapidly remove bolts
  • welding and flame-cutting equipment - used to remove and repair exhaust systems
  • jacks and hoists - used to lift and move large parts

To work on small parts and difficult-to-reach areas, Mechanics use hand tools that they typically purchase on their own and accumulate over time (e.g., pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers). The employer typically provides the more expensive computerized engine analyzers, diagnostic equipment, and power tools.

Job Characteristics

For the most part, a Mechanic works a standard 40-hour workweek. However, some, especially those who are self-employed, may work more hours. As a service and convenience to customers, a large number of repair shops offer expanded hours. Mechanics who are employed by bus and truck companies that provide round-the-clock service may also work nights and weekends.

While some shops can be both noisy and drafty, the environments in which Mechanics work are generally well lit and ventilated. Unless a repair is done on the road or outside (in all kinds of weather), Mechanics will typically work indoors. At times, the lifting of heavy parts and tools may be required, along with handling dirty, greasy parts. During the course of their work, a Mechanic will often stand for periods of time, stoop, kneel, or lie in a difficult position. When performing heavy repair work (e.g., removing transmissions or engines), a Mechanic may have assistance or work as part of a team. While minor bruises, cuts, and burns are fairly common, the more serious injuries can be mitigated by following safety procedures and precautions.

In general, employers look to hire Mechanics who are 18 years of age or older and in good physical condition. A Mechanic must also possess a state commercial driver's license in order to test-drive busses and/or trucks on public roadways. Some companies also require candidates to pass a drug test. Employers consider hands-on/practical auto repair experience derived from the Armed Forces, an automotive service station, or even as a hobby, to be a valuable asset. Some sought after skills and attributes include:

  • strong mechanical aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • propensity for deductive reasoning
  • sound judgment and decision-making abilities
  • effective interpersonal and communications skills
  • sensitivity to recognizing potential problems
  • attention to detail
  • flexibility
  • versatility

Mechanics are expected to adapt to increasing new technologies being implemented in their workplace. Diesel maintenance has become, and will continue to be, more and more complex as electronic components are being used in the operation of engines. Additionally, new emissions standards require Mechanics to modify engines with emissions control systems in order to meet pollution requirements and regulations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDL BLS), employment for Bus and Truck Mechanics (or Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics) is anticipated to "grow 11 percent from 2006 to 2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations." The need for trucks and truck repairers will increase in order to keep up with the growing volume of nationwide, freight shipments. Due to the greater durability and economy provided by diesel engines over gasoline engines, the number of busses, trucks, and other diesel-powered vehicles is expected to grow. Because the cleaner-burning and more efficient diesel engine complies with environmental and emissions standards, passenger vehicle production will continue and thereby foster the demand for these professionals for the long-term. A great many of the older diesel-powered engines used in trucks will continue to require retrofitting to comply with emissions standards and regulations. This will, for the short-term, foster more employment opportunities for diesel engine Mechanics.

Bus and Truck Mechanic Education and Certification

Many high schools offer training programs that provide a solid education background for a career in this profession. Program courses include automotive repair, electronics, mathematics, physics, and English. After completing a program, a large number of Mechanics tend to further their education.

Another avenue to consider are the many trade and vocational schools and community colleges that offer programs in diesel engine repair. These programs generally run from six months to two years and lead to an associate degree or certificate of completion. Some programs include 30 hours/week of hands-on training with equipment, while others focus more on classroom or lab instruction. Formal training affords an individual the most up-to-date instruction in diesel technology and the equipment service and repair that Mechanics will encounter in their vocation. These programs also expose students to learning how to interpret technical manuals and interface with customers and colleagues. Individuals who complete formal training will typically secure the best jobs.

Some Mechanics and Technicians learn their profession while on-the-job. Because these individuals are unskilled in the profession, they are typically tasked with duties such as driving vehicles in and out of the repair shop, fueling and lubricating vehicles, and cleaning parts. Only as they learn the profession and gain and prove their abilities and aptitude over time are they able to secure a promotion. Most individuals who train while on-the-job can perform standard/routine service duties and make minor repairs after a few months. Over time, a Mechanic will master diesel engine repairs and servicing and then move on to other components (e.g., transmissions, brakes, and electrical systems).

Often times, an employer will send the more experienced Mechanic or Technician to special training classes that are offered by vendors and manufacturers. In these classes, individuals gain specialized knowledge in the latest repair techniques and technologies.

While certification is not a requirement for employment, most Mechanics find that it bodes well for career advancement. Those who seek national certification look to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) - the industry recognized credential for all automotive and diesel service Technicians and Mechanics. Diesel Mechanics may seek certification as master school bus technicians, master truck equipment technicians, or master medium/heavy truck technicians. Other certifications include truck repair specialty areas such as brakes, suspension and steering, drivetrains, electronic and electrical systems, and preventive maintenance and inspection. Regardless of the certification type, a candidate is required to provide proof of two years of related work experience and pass one or more ASE-administered exams. In order to maintain their certification status, Mechanics must be retested every five years.

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Major Employers

If not self-employed, a Mechanic will generally find employment opportunities in almost every area of the country. However, most opportunities are more easily found in cities and towns where bus lines, trucking companies, and various fleet companies have established large operations. The largest employer is the truck transportation industry. Other areas in which opportunities may be found include, but are not limited to, automotive repair and service shops, local government agencies (primarily for repair of road equipment, waste removal trucks, and school busses), manufacturing, construction, and automotive leasing facilities.

Schools for Bus And Truck Mechanics are listed in the column to the left.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Bus and Truck Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Bus and Truck Mechanics jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 1150 $41,510
Hoover 1150 $41,510
Mobile 550 $38,050
Montgomery 200 $37,780
Dothan 200 $41,070
Huntsville 190 $41,320
Tuscaloosa 180 $40,580
Decatur 140 $37,810
Florence 80 $35,030
Muscle Shoals 80 $35,030
Auburn 80 $41,250
Opelika 80 $41,250
Oxford 50 $26,880
Jacksonville 50 $26,880
Anniston 50 $26,880
Gadsden 40 $36,290
Daphne N/A $33,200
Fairhope N/A $33,200
Foley N/A $33,200
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 500 $59,990
Fairbanks 100 $57,660
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 3180 $43,950
Mesa 3180 $43,950
Phoenix 3180 $43,950
Tucson 680 $50,090
Kingman 190 $33,000
Lake Havasu City 190 $33,000
Prescott 160 $51,580
Yuma 130 $31,770
Flagstaff 120 $42,950
Douglas 60 $42,210
Sierra Vista 60 $42,210
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 910 $41,690
North Little Rock 910 $41,690
Little Rock 910 $41,690
Jonesboro 150 $33,600
Hot Springs 50 $32,500
Pine Bluff 40 $34,440
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 6030 $54,340
Anaheim 6030 $54,340
Long Beach 6030 $54,340
Riverside 3660 $45,110
San Bernardino 3660 $45,110
Ontario 3660 $45,110
Hayward 2540 $59,860
San Francisco 2540 $59,860
Oakland 2540 $59,860
San Diego 1650 $52,480
Carlsbad 1650 $52,480
Arden 1440 $51,940
Roseville 1440 $51,940
Arcade 1440 $51,940
Sacramento 1440 $51,940
Sunnyvale 710 $65,050
Santa Clara 710 $65,050
San Jose 710 $65,050
Lodi 680 $46,530
Stockton 680 $46,530
Bakersfield 670 $48,730
Fresno 610 $51,210
Modesto 370 $46,580
Ventura 230 $53,240
Thousand Oaks 230 $53,240
Oxnard 230 $53,240
Santa Rosa 190 $54,090
Porterville 160 $36,800
Visalia 160 $36,800
Salinas 130 $45,180
Santa Barbara 130 $52,920
Santa Maria 130 $52,920
Paso Robles 120 $47,900
San Luis Obispo 120 $47,900
Arroyo Grande 120 $47,900
Vallejo 120 $54,330
Fairfield 120 $54,330
Merced 100 $36,360
Redding 90 $42,070
Corcoran 90 $43,190
Hanford 90 $43,190
Napa 70 $52,370
Watsonville 60 $53,890
Santa Cruz 60 $53,890
El Centro 50 $30,610
Madera 50 $40,520
Yuba City 40 $43,330
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2680 $51,410
Lakewood 2680 $51,410
Denver 2680 $51,410
Greeley 340 $40,520
Colorado Springs 300 $41,200
Grand Junction 190 $43,750
Fort Collins 120 $46,330
Pueblo 90 $45,790
Boulder 90 $53,750
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 760 $53,680
West Hartford 760 $53,680
Hartford 760 $53,680
New Haven 720 $48,820
Stamford 360 $58,610
Bridgeport 360 $58,610
Norwalk 360 $58,610
Waterbury 80 $50,280
Danbury 70 $52,460
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $42,960
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 2670 $49,700
Fort Lauderdale 2670 $49,700
West Palm Beach 2670 $49,700
Orlando 1620 $43,320
Sanford 1620 $43,320
Kissimmee 1620 $43,320
Tampa 1540 $41,680
St. Petersburg 1540 $41,680
Clearwater 1540 $41,680
Jacksonville 1200 $43,780
Lakeland 590 $41,290
Winter Haven 590 $41,290
North Port 360 $42,300
Bradenton 360 $42,300
Sarasota 360 $42,300
Daytona Beach 310 $35,860
Ormond Beach 310 $35,860
Deltona 310 $35,860
Ferry Pass 270 $36,900
Brent 270 $36,900
Pensacola 270 $36,900
Cape Coral 250 $42,000
Fort Myers 250 $42,000
Tallahassee 210 $37,830
Port St. Lucie 150 $42,970
Ocala 140 $42,580
Palm Bay 130 $39,560
Melbourne 130 $39,560
Titusville 130 $39,560
Gainesville 90 $38,630
Marco Island 80 $44,940
Naples 80 $44,940
Immokalee 80 $44,940
Punta Gorda 70 $38,650
Panama City 50 $39,080
Destin 50 $40,810
Fort Walton Beach 50 $40,810
Crestview 50 $40,810
Homosassa Springs 40 $36,360
The Villages 40 $41,540
Sebring 30 $33,180
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 3840 $45,160
Atlanta 3840 $45,160
Roswell 3840 $45,160
Savannah 440 $42,630
Dalton 210 $42,350
Gainesville 190 $34,300
Macon 190 $39,920
Albany 140 $36,740
Valdosta 80 $36,870
Rome 70 $42,290
Clarke County 60 $39,840
Athens 60 $39,840
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 780 $57,990
Lahaina 80 $44,180
Wailuku 80 $44,180
Kahului 80 $44,180
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 590 $39,800
Idaho Falls 110 $42,990
Coeur d'Alene 60 $40,650
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 220 $37,210
Peoria 220 $41,680
Champaign 160 $38,660
Urbana 160 $38,660
Kankakee 140 $46,850
Bloomington 130 $46,940
Decatur 100 $44,740
Springfield 80 $54,890
Marion 40 $33,320
Carbondale 40 $33,320
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 2560 $42,620
Carmel 2560 $42,620
Indianapolis 2560 $42,620
Fort Wayne 600 $42,070
Elkhart 270 $40,970
Goshen 270 $40,970
Terre Haute 180 $37,590
Lafayette 160 $40,370
West Lafayette 160 $40,370
Muncie 100 $37,100
La Porte 90 $44,270
Michigan City 90 $44,270
Bloomington 70 $40,330
Columbus 60 $36,360
Kokomo 30 $39,720
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 610 $46,840
Des Moines 610 $46,840
Cedar Rapids 500 $41,290
Iowa City 190 $30,630
Cedar Falls 170 $42,050
Waterloo 170 $42,050
Dubuque 140 $43,580
Ames 70 $45,970
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 450 $37,880
Topeka 210 $42,490
Lawrence 60 $41,800
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 560 $40,400
Fayette 560 $40,400
Bowling Green 110 $38,000
Fort Knox 80 $35,710
Elizabethtown 80 $35,710
Owensboro 60 $35,340
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 690 $47,030
Metairie 580 $46,920
New Orleans 580 $46,920
Lafayette 300 $43,610
Bossier City 220 $35,320
Shreveport 220 $35,320
Monroe 180 $38,220
Lake Charles 120 $38,020
Thibodaux 100 $63,930
Houma 100 $63,930
Hammond 80 $36,590
Alexandria 60 $34,640
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 370 $44,790
Portland 370 $44,790
Bangor 280 $44,050
Auburn 170 $40,660
Lewiston 170 $40,660
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 1900 $48,010
Towson 1900 $48,010
Columbia 1900 $48,010
Lexington Park N/A $46,050
California N/A $46,050
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 120 $47,750
Leominster 100 $47,370
Gardner 100 $47,370
New Bedford 100 $50,650
Pittsfield 50 $43,720
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 2920 $44,850
Detroit 2920 $44,850
Dearborn 2920 $44,850
Grand Rapids 930 $41,570
Wyoming 930 $41,570
East Lansing 310 $41,870
Lansing 310 $41,870
Ann Arbor 230 $44,800
Portage 170 $41,530
Kalamazoo 170 $41,530
Flint 170 $41,700
Muskegon 150 $38,330
Saginaw 130 $50,040
Monroe 100 $41,300
Jackson 80 $43,870
Battle Creek 70 $40,520
Bay City 70 $42,870
Benton Harbor 40 $44,680
Niles 40 $44,680
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 280 $41,920
Rochester 180 $46,630
North Mankato 140 $38,720
Mankato 140 $38,720
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 500 $44,010
Gulfport 110 $37,570
Pascagoula 110 $37,570
Biloxi 110 $37,570
Hattiesburg 100 $34,900
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 580 $38,540
Joplin 240 $35,140
Columbia 180 $38,760
Jefferson City 140 $39,680
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 220 $44,020
Missoula 200 $34,920
Great Falls 80 $40,520
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 510 $43,840
Grand Island 170 $36,090
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 730 $52,160
Henderson 730 $52,160
Las Vegas 730 $52,160
Reno 390 $54,950
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 180 $47,150
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeton 200 $42,690
Vineland 200 $42,690
Trenton 190 $53,810
Atlantic City 160 $56,450
Hammonton 160 $56,450
Ocean City 40 $57,460
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 490 $45,870
Farmington 300 $43,030
Las Cruces 110 $32,780
Santa Fe 40 $36,450
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 970 $44,030
Schenectady 970 $44,030
Albany 970 $44,030
Syracuse 920 $40,920
Niagara Falls 870 $45,830
Cheektowaga 870 $45,830
Buffalo 870 $45,830
Rochester 820 $43,110
Utica 280 $39,550
Rome 280 $39,550
Binghamton 250 $39,660
Kingston 100 $46,470
Watertown 90 $44,560
Fort Drum 90 $44,560
Glens Falls 80 $44,010
Elmira 70 $37,680
Ithaca 50 $42,730
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
High Point 620 $44,360
Greensboro 620 $44,360
Raleigh 590 $44,340
Salem 380 $40,330
Winston 380 $40,330
Chapel Hill 270 $46,420
Durham 270 $46,420
Morganton 260 $35,870
Lenoir 260 $35,870
Hickory 260 $35,870
Asheville 240 $38,560
Wilmington 210 $45,190
Fayetteville 170 $35,670
Goldsboro 120 $35,680
Rocky Mount 100 $45,070
Greenville 80 $37,330
Jacksonville 50 $35,890
New Bern N/A $34,280
Burlington N/A $52,760
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 190 $46,190
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1810 $44,730
Elyria 1640 $52,290
Cleveland 1640 $52,290
Akron 760 $44,680
Toledo 690 $41,720
Dayton 670 $45,430
Massillon 560 $48,850
Canton 560 $48,850
Lima 220 $44,480
Springfield 130 $37,780
Mansfield 60 $49,180
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1180 $39,550
Tulsa 760 $42,470
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 430 $46,380
Salem 290 $40,340
Medford 180 $43,010
Albany 160 $43,480
Redmond 80 $39,660
Bend 80 $39,660
Corvallis 30 $38,180
Grants Pass N/A $39,500
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2400 $43,450
Harrisburg 1000 $47,140
Carlisle 1000 $47,140
Reading 630 $45,670
Scranton 610 $40,290
Barre 610 $40,290
Wilkes 610 $40,290
Hazleton 610 $40,290
Hanover 540 $41,760
York 540 $41,760
Lancaster 470 $42,990
Erie 190 $39,090
Chambersburg 140 $41,010
Waynesboro 140 $41,010
State College 130 $35,750
Lebanon 130 $43,970
Johnstown 120 $37,580
Williamsport 120 $41,160
East Stroudsburg 110 $42,070
Bloomsburg 90 $33,500
Berwick 90 $33,500
Altoona 90 $38,300
Gettysburg 60 $45,830
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 860 $22,660
Caguas 860 $22,660
San Juan 860 $22,660
Ponce 70 $18,540
Mayag�ez 40 $18,910
Isabela 30 $18,400
Aguadilla 30 $18,400
Arecibo 30 $19,360
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 900 $40,090
Charleston 620 $41,700
North Charleston 620 $41,700
Mauldin 430 $37,760
Greenville 430 $37,760
Anderson 430 $37,760
Spartanburg 360 $37,910
Florence 200 $36,380
Bluffton 60 $39,020
Beaufort 60 $39,020
Hilton Head Island 60 $39,020
Sumter 50 $36,580
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 480 $44,100
Rapid City 170 $42,080
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1850 $44,650
Franklin 1850 $44,650
Davidson 1850 $44,650
Nashville 1850 $44,650
Knoxville 820 $42,250
Jackson 240 $44,130
Johnson City 80 $34,110
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 6550 $45,790
Houston 6550 $45,790
Sugar Land 6550 $45,790
Dallas 6040 $45,320
Arlington 6040 $45,320
Fort Worth 6040 $45,320
San Antonio 2130 $44,210
New Braunfels 2130 $44,210
Round Rock 1000 $43,520
Austin 1000 $43,520
El Paso 800 $33,870
McAllen 760 $27,220
Edinburg 760 $27,220
Mission 760 $27,220
Longview 560 $43,790
Amarillo 480 $42,100
Odessa 470 $47,770
Corpus Christi 460 $41,370
Midland 450 $48,020
Laredo 410 $33,980
Beaumont 320 $41,480
Port Arthur 320 $41,480
Lubbock 280 $37,380
Abilene 250 $39,770
College Station 240 $38,620
Bryan 240 $38,620
Waco 230 $40,810
Brownsville 210 $28,500
Harlingen 210 $28,500
Temple 190 $35,840
Killeen 190 $35,840
Tyler 180 $43,000
San Angelo 120 $39,160
Victoria 110 $39,950
Wichita Falls 80 $38,480
Sherman 30 $37,220
Denison 30 $37,220
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1460 $45,110
Clearfield 530 $41,060
Ogden 530 $41,060
Provo 230 $39,100
Orem 230 $39,100
St. George 110 $38,050
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 280 $45,070
Burlington 280 $45,070
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1060 $47,440
Roanoke 400 $41,790
Lynchburg 290 $36,010
Blacksburg 290 $51,480
Christiansburg 290 $51,480
Radford 290 $51,480
Harrisonburg 230 $39,830
Staunton 130 $39,560
Waynesboro 130 $39,560
Charlottesville 100 $38,560
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 2820 $56,660
Tacoma 2820 $56,660
Bellevue 2820 $56,660
Spokane 460 $39,810
Spokane Valley 460 $39,810
Yakima 220 $39,040
Richland 190 $48,440
Kennewick 190 $48,440
Tumwater 160 $48,840
Olympia 160 $48,840
Longview 120 $47,180
Bellingham 120 $47,490
Silverdale 120 $51,970
Bremerton 120 $51,970
Anacortes 110 $50,050
Mount Vernon 110 $50,050
Wenatchee 70 $52,590
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 320 $41,900
Beckley 100 $31,500
Morgantown 90 $32,260
Parkersburg 40 $40,540
Vienna 40 $40,540
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1140 $48,420
West Allis 1140 $48,420
Milwaukee 1140 $48,420
Madison 620 $47,290
Green Bay 530 $42,620
Oshkosh 300 $47,140
Neenah 300 $47,140
Eau Claire 280 $45,180
Wausau 220 $44,170
Janesville 210 $38,360
Beloit 210 $38,360
Appleton 180 $40,190
Racine 150 $44,290
Fond du Lac 90 $42,170
Sheboygan 80 $36,450
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 440 $45,200
Cheyenne 170 $47,980

Most Popular Industries for :
Bus and Truck Mechanics

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Trucking 44,620 18% $36,830
Durable Goods Wholesale 30,660 12% $39,730
Government 26,540 10% $44,770
Maintenance And Repair 26,150 10% $37,030
Rental And Lease 14,890 6% $39,900
Education 11,440 4% $36,080
Passenger Transportation 11,100 4% $38,670
Waste Management 9,180 3% $38,810
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 8,720 3% $41,060
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 6,280 2% $38,790
Construction Trades 5,490 2% $38,520
Mineral Products 4,910 2% $37,890
Railroad 4,710 1% $49,450
Delivery Services 4,580 1% $55,750
Civil Engineering 4,480 1% $38,840
Transportation Support Services 3,230 1% $37,860
Utilities 2,790 1% $56,460
Online Wholesale 2,620 1% $39,400
Food 2,540 1% $36,970
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  • NASCAR
  • Pursue Your Passion At UTI And Get State-Of-The-Industry Training!
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Sacramento
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Programs
  • Automotive Technician (9-Month Diploma Program)
  • At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.
Programs
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Auto Repair Technician
  • Motorcycle Repair Technician
  • Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
Programs
  • Diesel
  • Automotive Technology
  • At UTI, you won’t just train for a career. You’ll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you’ll get at UTI will put you on the fast track to a rewarding career as a professional technician.

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Orlando
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Programs
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Earn Your Diploma from Home!
Programs
  • Associate of Arts in Aviation Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management
  • See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

Programs
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

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Las Vegas
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Programs
  • BS in Aeronautics
  • Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

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We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Bus and Truck Mechanics.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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