Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

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Also known as:
Biodiesel Engine Specialist, Diesel Engine Fitter, Diesel Service Technician, Marine Diesel Technician, School Bus Mechanic, Tractor Trailer Mechanic, Truck Engine Technician

ABOUT BUS OR TRUCK MECHANIC OR DIESEL ENGINE SPECIALIST CAREERS
Video transcript

The diesel engine is the workhorse powering most heavy vehicles and equipment today, because it is more durable and delivers more power than its gasoline counterpart. Diesel engine mechanics maintain and rebuild diesel engines and the vehicles they power.

Mechanics may work on equipment ranging from bulldozers to farm tractors, while other work on locomotives and even boats. With the increasing number of electronic part use to operate the engine, mechanics now use handheld diagnostic computers and other specialized test equipment to determine the necessary repairs.

Although many mechanics receive years of on-the-job training, a formal diesel mechanic training program is recommended to improve the ability to under complex technical manuals and learn the latest engineering changes. With the every-increasing dependence on truck delivery of goods, this is a growing field with a demand for skilled workers!

SNAPSHOT
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
MED
Daily tasks

Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.

Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units.

Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.

Align front ends and suspension systems.

Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems.

Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery, such as pumps and compressors.

Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, or pressure gauges.

Raise trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists.

Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.

Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.

Repair or adjust seats, doors, or windows.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
TOP SKILLS
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.