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Old 12-04-2007, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Northwest AZ
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Hi,

I currently live in Northwest Arizona (high desert) and want to eventually move to Kentucky. Kentucky just seems so beautiful to me. Also, the temps and the four seasons are a big plus to me. Over all, the lifestyle seems less hectic. I'm sure in the big cities life can get hectic, but that is why I am interested in the smaller cities/ towns.

Anyway, there has been a lot of talk about how it is hard to find a job. What I would like to know about is the trucking industry. My husband is a diesel mechanic (a good one, I might add) and would like to eventually teach/ train in that field. Does anyone have any information about that area in Kentucky? Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks,
saagmom
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Pendleton County, KY
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Hi,

I currently live in Northwest Arizona (high desert) and want to eventually move to Kentucky. Kentucky just seems so beautiful to me. Also, the temps and the four seasons are a big plus to me. Over all, the lifestyle seems less hectic. I'm sure in the big cities life can get hectic, but that is why I am interested in the smaller cities/ towns.

Anyway, there has been a lot of talk about how it is hard to find a job. What I would like to know about is the trucking industry. My husband is a diesel mechanic (a good one, I might add) and would like to eventually teach/ train in that field. Does anyone have any information about that area in Kentucky? Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks,
saagmom
I think it would be relatively easy finding opportunities in his field in smaller towns, particularly in the Eastern half of Kentucky. For example, trucking-related businesses dominate the rural county I live in (Pendleton). We have a garbage collection company that has probably 40-50 trucks, a dozen heavy dump-truck operators with large fleets (there's a big gravel quarry in the county), a rendering plant with another 30-40 tractor trailers, plus county and state transportation department fleets. Farther east, you'll find a lot of diesel trucks in coal country.
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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I do know that there are always mechanic jobs advertised all over the state, so I just imagine that specializing in being a deisel mechanic would be a huge plus, and way less competition for that job. Eastern Kentucky has a whole lot of coal industry using trucking... so I think that job would be needed, but don't know specifics... Hope someone else can help you out more.

Good luck and hopefully can call you neighbor in the near future!
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Northwest AZ
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Thank you both for your replies. It is encouraging to know that their is more than likely a demand for diesel mechanics. If there is a demand for good diesel mechanics, then hopefully there is a demand for good diesel mechanic instructors. Do you have any insight particulary into job demand for instructors? What kind of education system is in place in Kentucky concerning the diesel mechanic field? I have noticed that the state community colleges have vo-tech schools, but are there any other establishments that teach this field?

TIA
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Pendleton County, KY
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Thank you both for your replies. It is encouraging to know that their is more than likely a demand for diesel mechanics. If there is a demand for good diesel mechanics, then hopefully there is a demand for good diesel mechanic instructors. Do you have any insight particulary into job demand for instructors? What kind of education system is in place in Kentucky? I have noticed that the state community colleges have vo-tech schools, but are there any other establishments that teach this field?

TIA
I think training would be handled primarily through vocational or technical schools. It's also possible that companies with large fleets of diesel vehicles may have their own mechanic training programs that would require instructors.
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:22 AM
 
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Super Service and PTL come to mind as Kentucky based trucking companies with large fleets. There's also Pegasus in Louisville. Florence and Corbin see alot of truck traffic. Diesel certified tech, he oughta be able to write his own ticket.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Northwest AZ
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Super Service and PTL come to mind as Kentucky based trucking companies with large fleets. There's also Pegasus in Louisville. Florence and Corbin see alot of truck traffic. Diesel certified tech, he oughta be able to write his own ticket.
Thank you coyote for your response and information. Yes, he is certified, he has his associates degree, plus he is certified in just about everything else out there. Now I just need to figure out how much less of a salary he can take compared to here.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Northwest AZ
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I guess I should ask a different question. What towns in Kentucky have a large part of their economy based on the trucking industry?
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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Default Check out Republic Diesel

They are in Lex and Louisville. A lot of dealers want certified diesel techs for the newer diesel pickups too.
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Old 12-08-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
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Hi!

I am new to this forum. I stumbled upon it by searching for diesel mechanics in Kentucky. My husband is a diesel mechanic by career but is no longer working in that field due to not being able to find work. He has over 12 years experience in the field. In fact, his parents used to own their own diesel repair shop. For some reason the jobs are not there anymore. I have found out also it is not what you know about a career it is who you know! It is beautiful here in Ky but I do not see moving hear for that type of work. However, I wish you and your husband the best on any move you make!

God Bless
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