Ryan Hammond never really thought about doing anything but diesel mechanics. The son of a mechanic, he wanted a field with plenty of work in the future. Diesel, he says, is just him. "That's what I like," he says. "I've enjoyed diesels ever since I drove a tractor in high school."
Hammond went to work for Carolina International while still enrolled in Greenville Technical College's Diesel Equipment Technology program. The company was looking for people to train on the job, and Hammond's instructors both had job experience with the company and recommended him for the position.
Hammond says even though he's graduated, there's still much to learn. "The diesel field is improving every day," he says. "There's always something new. There are changes in electronics and emissions, and you have to train to keep up."
There's a lot to learn on the job, too. Hammond knows that as he gains experience, he'll also gain access to greater opportunity. "As far as the future goes," he says, "there's a lot of money to be made in this field if you don't mind working hard."