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  • Inspect and drive vehicles to troubleshoot problems
  • Use diagnostic equipment and interpret results
  • Perform routine maintenance such as changing the oil and aligning the wheels
  • Repair any malfunctions in the equipment or replace parts
  • Communicate with customers
  • Utilize charts to plan work procedures
  • Tire repair
  • Clutch adjustment or replacement
  • Perform wheel end maintenance and repair
Nick Hockenberry
Truck Technician
High School
Gentry High School Conversion Charter
Where I Trained
Diesel Technician Program through Gentry High School Conversion and on-the-job training at McKee Foods Corporation
What I earned
Certificate in Heavy Duty Truck Technology

"Every day is not the same thing over and over again. There is always something new to learn. I am able to apply the things I know and find my own ways of completing a job."

You don't need a college degree to become a diesel technician. In fact, most people starting in this career usually have a high school diploma or equivalent on-the-job training, which you can find at a variety of Arkansas companies.

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