More Diesel Mechanics Needed

Daniel Garcia, Petro Truck Stop General Manger
Daniel Garcia, Petro Truck Stop General Manger
James Mather, diesel mechanic
James Mather, diesel mechanic

More people are hitting the road for a new career behind the wheel of semi.

"There's just so many drivers out there, so many things that could go wrong," said Daniel Garcia, Petro Truck Stop General Manger.

Which is why there is a growing demand for diesel mechanics in our area. But Garcia says it's hard to fill those vacancies.

"We have had a couple of positions open for the past six months. Hard to get guys in here with the proper tool inventory," he said.

This inventory can cost upwards of a thousand dollars. But without it, Garcia says most places will not hire you. In addition, some jobs look at the mechanic's training and certification.

"[Employers] don't just want some Tom, Dick or Harry working for them," Garcia noted. "They have to be qualified."

On average, this truck stop will work on 45 trucks a day. Garcia says this number is down from years past because they are short handed. And this affects the truck drivers as well.

"If they are stuck here for two hours, that's one or two hours on their log that they should have been driving," said James Mather, a diesel mechanic. "And if you don't have enough employees, you can extend that to four hours and they just lost four hours of their pay."

But until they can get more help, drivers will have to wait to get back out on the road.

Amarillo College offers training for aspiring diesel mechanics. Click here for a link to their website.