Diesel Engineer

Design and fabricate engines that run on diesel fuel.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Diesel Engineers do?

For a Fashion Designer, “Diesel” is a brand of jeans. For a Film Producer, on the other hand, it’s probably Vin Diesel, the Actor. For a Diesel Engineer, however, the only “diesel” is the kind that powers vehicles. That’s because it’s the Diesel Engineer’s job to design and fabricate diesel engines that run on diesel fuel.

As a Diesel Engineer, you typically work for car manufacturers, designing engines not only for cars but also for trucks, buses, tanks, and tractors. You qualify as a type of Automotive Engineer. Instead of the entire vehicle, however, you’re uniquely focused on designing the internal engine that powers it. Unlike a traditional gasoline engine, that engine uses compression instead of spark plugs to ignite fuel and create energy, which moves the vehicle forward.

Still, your job as a Diesel Engineer is very similar to that of other Automotive Engineers — or, for that matter, Vehicle Engineers, Fuel Cell Engineers, and other types of Mechanical Engineers who work in the automotive industry. Like them, you’re paid to use the principles of math and science to solve problems related to energy and transportation. You therefore spend your days making calculations and collaborating with other Engineers to draft, design, manufacture, and test diesel engine prototypes.

Your goal is to find out how to make vehicles that are faster, safer, more affordable, more comfortable, and — of particular interest to the Diesel Engineer — more fuel-efficient. After all, diesel fuel isn’t just cheaper than gasoline; it’s also cleaner, safer, more reliable, and more powerful!

Should I be a Diesel Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Dust Control Engineer, Tool and Die Engineer

    How to become a Diesel Engineer

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