Commercial Vehicle Technician Job Description

Learn what a commercial vehicle technician does and what type of training is required. Find out the salary expectation and the employment outlook, to help decide if this career is for you.

Career Definition for a Commercial Vehicle Technician

Commercial vehicle technicians maintain all types of vehicles by performing periodic diagnostic tests and completing preventive maintenance measures to make sure any problems with the vehicles are found and fixed before they cause the vehicles to break down. They also repair any vehicles that do develop problems in order to return them to working condition.

Education High school diploma usually required, associate degree preferred
Job Skills Manual dexterity, operation of complex equipment, computer diagnostics, problem solving
Median Salary (2015)* $37,850 for automotive service technicians and mechanics
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 5% for automotive service technicians and mechanics

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

While there are some entry-level jobs in commercial vehicle technology available to people with no training beyond a high school diploma, most experts advised job seekers to obtain a 2-year associate degree in a related field. Students should take courses like automobile repair, physics, mathematics, hydraulics, and chemistry to prepare for a career in commercial vehicle technology.

Required Skills

Commercial vehicle technicians need to have a high degree of manual dexterity and should be able to operate complex mechanical equipment. They also need to be able to use computerized diagnostic equipment and must solve unique problems with little supervision.

Economic and Career Outlook

The median wage for automotive service technicians, including commercial vehicle technicians, was reported as $37,850 in May 2015 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov). Job prospects for people entering the field with an associate degree are expected to be average, with 5% growth expected, but prospects for those entering without training will not be as strong.

Alternate Career Options

A passion for automotive repair might also lead to the following similar careers:

Diesel Service Technician and Mechanic

Those interested in repairing large trucks and buses might want to explore this occupation that expects above average job growth of 12% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS. Those with postsecondary training and industry certifications should have the best job prospects for this profession that paid $44,520 in 2015, per the BLS.

Automotive Body and Glass Repairer

Formal training and industry certifications give applicants the best chances of employment, for these jobs that paid median wages of $39,880 per year in 2015, according to the BLS. These experts restore and refinish the bodies and frames of vehicles, in addition to replacing windshields and window glass. During the 2014-2024 decade, the BLS predicted 9% job growth, which was considered faster than the average occupation at that time.


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