Truck Mechanic

Truck Mechanics inspect, repair, and overhaul trucks as well as maintain and repair various types of engines. Mechanics work on light, medium, and/or heavy duty trucks.


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DSU Peterbilt & GMC, Inc.

Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able
  • Valid driver’s license (CDL preferred)
Step 2: Apply
  • Apply online for Kelso, WA
  • Attend interview when positions are available
  • Selected individuals will be hired for a 60 day evaluation period
  • Continue as an apprentice after completing evaluation period
Step 3: Begin Apprenticeship
  • 8,000 hours / 4 years on-the-job training*
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year

* Prior training and experience may count towards required on-the-job training


  • Start at 60% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 4-8% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.

Starting Hourly Base Rate

   $16.50   (estimated average)
+ Benefits, Tooling, and Shift Differential

G.I. Bill® Housing Allowance

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*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% - 1-6 months
80% - 6-12 months
60% - 12-18 months
40% - 18-24 months
20% - 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.