A Day in the Life of a Diesel Mechanic: Salary, Facts & Figures

The structure of the U.S. economy does not solely depend on Wall Street; it is also critically dependent upon the supply chain process of transporting products throughout the country using heavy-duty diesel trucks. Heavy-duty diesel mechanics keep those semis and buses on the road, every day of the year, and that keeps our country’s infrastructure  [...]

What Does the Future Look Like for Shipyard Welding?

The time: 1920. The place: Cammell Laird Company’s Birkenhead Works, alongside the River Mersey, England. The event: shipyard welders assemble the world’s first all-welded ship, the 620-ton coastal freighter, MS Fullagar. The technique was shielded arc welding, in which the steel welding rods were dipped in asbestos slurry. The ship plied the oceans for 17  [...]

Becoming a High Performance Mechanic: Everything You Should Know

Grinding through statistical tables at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is usually not very exciting. Sure, it is a handy way to find where folks are working hard, making good money, but the BLS is not a place to search for surprises. And then, one day, a surprise: the “Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan  [...]

What’s the Difference Between a Turbocharger and a Supercharger?

Few other countries have elevated shade tree mechanics and fast cars to the level of achievement we have in America. We not only turned bootlegging and running away from revenue agents into a sport—NASCAR—we have perfected high performance engines that fit snugly into tiny sports cars. We advertise with them, put them in movies, and—perhaps  [...]

What Does the Future Look Like for Commercial Truck Drivers?

Commercial truck drivers are a key cog in the national economy, facilitating the delivery and distribution of goods, supplies and equipment to population centers across the country. One of the most attractive features of a career as an over-the-road (OTR) truck driver is stability — there is always a need for their services, regardless of  [...]

What Are The Best Commercial Truck Driver Certifications to Have?

A differential on a tractor-trailer combination means something very different from a pay differential, but the two are oddly related. A truck’s differential can mean the transmission’s differential, or the power divider, which is another differential altogether. A pay differential? That is how much more a truck driver might be able to make with certain  [...]