How would you like to become part of the thriving trucking industry in Texas? You can get started by attending Eastfield College, a Mesquite college that offers diesel technology programs. Tuition is very affordable—it's just $2,490. In addition, the average scholarship award is $1,193.
To become a diesel mechanic, you need to learn the theory and skills of the field. You can pursue a variety of certificates, ranging from one semester to two semesters. There are several specialty programs at this school that are funded by major companies like Ford, GM, Toyota, and Honda. You must get a sponsorship from a dealership.
Mesquite is a fairly large city with over 143,000 people. Major Mesquite highways include I-20, I-30, U.S. Highway 80, and Texas State Highway 352. Some of the biggest truck driving companies in this area include Rush Hour Courier Services, J. Rayl Transport, and Cecil Wilkins Trucking.
Those who drive trucks in areas near Dallas may find that salaries are fairly similar to the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that those who drive light trucks earn an average of $32,700 per year. Heavy truck drivers in the region earn an average of $39,930 (BLS, 2013).