High School:Raleigh High School
Training:Diesel Technology Academy at Hinds Community College
Degree:Technical certificate in Diesel Technology
Employer:Stribling Equipment, LLC in Richland
Title:Field Technician

Diesel Technician


Malik Smith learned about the diesel technician career while attending Hinds Community College.

After he graduated from the college’s Diesel Technology Academy, he was offered a job at Stribling Equipment where he’s been building his skills and being challenged each day — which is one of Malik’s favorite parts of the job.

“The people you’re surrounded by become your friends, and everyone works as a team.” He also enjoys how he could get a certificate and start making a paycheck quicker than he would have if he went to a four-year college.

“I was able to get into the industry a lot faster not having to go to college for four years, and I started learning the actual trade faster,” he says.

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Diesel technicians inspect, maintain, repair and care for diesel engines. Some diesel technicians specialize in a specific type of vehicle. When commercial transportation has malfunctions, they diagnose the problem and find solutions.


  • Inspect and drive vehicles to troubleshoot problems.
  • Use diagnostic equipment and interpret results.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as changing the oil and aligning the wheels.
  • Repair any malfunctions in the equipment or replace parts.
  • Communicate with customers.
  • Utilize charts to plan work procedures.