Types of work*

The Diesel and Heavy Machinery Technician program prepares students for entry-level employment in the service, maintenance, and overhaul of heavy construction and industrial equipment. Students learn to diagnose problems and perform repairs on fuel, cooling, electrical, hydraulic, brake, and suspension systems.

Future jobs*

Between 2004 and 2009, this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations in Washington. Employment is projected to increase 6.7% during this period. It is estimated that there will be 43 openings annually due to new positions and 64 openings annually from workers leaving this occupation.

Equipment rental and leasing companies are expected to have the greatest need for mechanics. Growth is also expected with heavy equipment dealers. Opportunities will be best for those with formal training in diesel or heavy equipment mechanics. People without formal training will find it more and more difficult to enter this occupation. As equipment becomes more complex, specially trained mechanics will be needed.

Salary examples*

In Washington, the average entry level wage for heavy equipment mechanics is $16.88 per hour ($2,925 per month). Half of all heavy equipment mechanics earn between $18.64 and $26.98 per hour ($3,230 and $4,676 per month).

Mechanics working for city governments in Washington average $18.98 to $23.04 per hour, while those working for counties average $16.78 to $21.58 per hour.

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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Salary in Seattle, WA