TCI’s maintenance department maintains a variety of trucks, trailers, reefers, and vans which correlates to the need for several highly skilled technicians. With positions ranging from truck body and appearance specialists, entry level to master technicians, and diesel mechanics, TCI knows that it takes a group of hard-working, dedicated employees that have the required skillset for each job.
What a Maintenance Career Entails
A career in maintenance can be quite rewarding. Gone are the days when all mechanics end their workday covered in greasy coveralls. This is because most trucks on the highways today, rely on high-tech equipment. Therefore, industry experts can enjoy working with their hands while utilizing problem-solving skills and diagnostic tools.
Interestingly, the demand for truck technicians is higher than ever, as baby boomers retire and the need for individuals trained in the computer and electrical aspects of the industry become more crucial. This is especially true as eco-friendlier trucks become available; the opportunities to expand your career in this field are virtually endless.
Getting Started as a Diesel Mechanic
If you’re about to embark on a career as a diesel technician, acquiring a technical degree isn’t that difficult. Depending on where you live, there are options to attend trade schools and online courses are also offered. Occasionally, in lieu of a technical degree, there are also on the job training opportunities.
There are general requirements to work as a diesel mechanic, which include the following:
- You must be 18 years old or older.
- Have a CDL, which will allow you to test drive semis.
- Either a two-year technical degree, or a minimum of 1-year work experience.
In addition to these aspects, some diesel mechanics choose to specialize in certain equipment which typically requires specific certifications. Not only will these endorsements enable you to earn more, it will also increase your options.
How to Apply for a Maintenance Position
One of the most advantageous parts of working in trucking maintenance is the fact that we put a great deal of emphasis upon ongoing learning and training for our team’s career development and job satisfaction. This is an important and critical part of the industry, which is why so many talented people in both the mechanical as well as technical fields gravitate towards them.
If you’re interested in applying for one of TCI’s maintenance positions, simply complete our online application, or check out our maintenance jobs to see what positions we currently have open.