You can start a rewarding career in the trucking industry even if you don't want to become a truck driver. Diesel mechanics are just as important as truck drivers in this field, since they are relied upon to keep trucks running smoothly. In Dodge City, you can go to one main school with a diesel technology program: Dodge City Community College. Tuition costs about $2,400 and the average scholarship is $912.
To become a diesel mechanic, you need to attend school for one to two years. A certificate can be completed in two semesters and an Associate's degree can be completed in two years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that heavy truck drivers in and around the Dodge City region earn a median salary of $37.060 each year. The average income for a light truck driver is $27,190 (BLS, 2013).
With its very low cost of living, Dodge City has a lot to offer new diesel mechanics. There are just over 28,000 people living in Dodge City. Local highways include U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 283. Trucking companies in this area are Beaver Express Services and Horizon Express.