Heavy diesel technology is a profession that keeps boats, bulldozers, semi trucks and cranes running year-round.
Diesel mechanics begin earning $18 to $30 an hour to well over $100,000 a year, depending on experience.
Mechanics should have clean driving records, be able to pass a drug test and be willing to learn as technology continues to grow.
The University of Alaska Anchorage has a diesel power technology program that offers a one-year undergraduate certificate and a two-year associate degree. Jeff Libby, the director of the division says it’s a field with a lot of potential for growth.
“We have jobs in the maritime industry, with seafood processing industry, construction, mining, trucking industry is pretty supportive of us,” he said. “And our program is NATEF accredited, the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation accredited, the only one in Alaska that has the accreditation. It’s a big deal.”
Libby says they’ve seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment in the past two years, due to the job demand and pay.