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452 Associates's Degrees Annually
#78 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 1,164
Basic Certificate 925
Associate’s Degree 452

What Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician Majors

A major in medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Abilities for Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician Majors

A major in medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

What Can You Do With a Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Major?

People with a medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Automotive Master Mechanics 6.1% $40,710
Automotive Specialty Technicians 6.1% $40,710
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 9.3% $47,350

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance?

452 Associate's Degrees Annually
4% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 96% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 81
White 315
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician appeals to people across the globe. About 0.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,730 to $49,150 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Major  ( 43730 to 49150 )
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Some careers associated with medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 16.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 36.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 38.5%
Some College Courses 4.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.7%

Online Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 schools offered some type of medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 57 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 61 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 6 0
Associate’s Degree 30 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 57 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Heavy Vehicle & Truck Maintenance Worth It?

The median salary for a medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician grad is $43,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 10% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $76,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medium/heavy vehicle and truck technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 35,892
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 9,513
Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6,035
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 5,142
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,635
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,126
Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician 664
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 570
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 512
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 465
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 331
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 298
Engine Machinist 153
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 114
Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance Technology/Technician 7

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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