Because of its remote location and sparsely populated layout, Alaska is very dependent on its truck drivers and diesel mechanics. In Seward, there is one school you can attend to become a diesel mechanic: Alaska's Institute of Technology. The average scholarship award is an impressive $2,750 and the average class has just 15 students.
The Alaska Institute of Technology offers a multifaceted education for diesel students. You spend several hundred hours in classes like Undercarriage, Transmissions, General Shop Operations, and Arc & Gas Welding. When you finish your program, you can reach the level of Technician Level 1, Technician Level 2, or Technician Level 3.
With almost 2,800 residents, Seward is a great city for new truckers and diesel mechanics. Its housing costs and utilities costs are below average. It is also the starting point of the Seward Highway, an important Alaska highway that runs to Anchorage.
Salaries for trucking professionals are often higher in this area than elsewhere in the country. The average salary for a heavy truck driver is $51,050 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Light truck drivers earn an average of $42,290 each year (BLS, 2013).