Kenna Ose 
Executive Director- SFUSA

Tim Spurlock 
President of American Diesel Training

Solving the Diesel Mechanic Shortage -

White Paper by Timothy Spurlock and Kenna Ose




Email says that there are just under 16,000 openings for diesel mechanics in August of 2018 in the United States.  This disconcerting news will only get worse.  Consider the following statistics.

  • The U.S. Educational system produces between 4,000-5,000 new techs per year.

  • This number should be roughly 30,000.

  • A recent Penske study indicated that the United States needs 140,000 new technicians by 2022.

  • Some states have no diesel programs.  Others such as Pennsylvania and Florida have only two or three. 

  • By 2025 at current pace, there will be 400,000 openings, taking into account industry growth, which is 12% a year, new input and retirements.

  • The net new entrants into the diesel mechanic profession across the country is zero.  Retirements cancel out any new people in the profession.



Drive by any trucking company or dealership and you will almost certainly see a “Help Wanted.  Diesel Mechanics” sign.  The bad news is that this problem will only get worse.  It is basic math.  The good news is that the problem is fixable.  It really is.

We’ve studied this phenomenon in depth for almost 10 years.  Not only have we studied it, we’ve developed and executed strategies prove that this enormous problem can be solved in a short period of time.

Download the whitepaper Solving the Diesel Mechanic Shortage, by Tim Spurlock, Co-Founder and President of American Diesel Training Centers and Strategic Advisor to Steel Forest Consulting. In the whitepaper, Tim lays out the diesel mechanic shortage phenomenon, its causes and most importantly, REAL solutions.  In a 4% unemployment economy, American Diesel has successfully recruited, trained and placed more than 100 people in one city in one year.  None of these people had any truck experience. 

Steel Forest can help you solve your mechanic shortage.  It’s easier than you think.   You must however, be willing to think outside of the box and do things differently…because it’s the only way you can fix the problem.  We’ve proven this and now we want to teach you.