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

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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 rang ...
ing 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!
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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
MED
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
LOW
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
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Rebuild gas or diesel engines.
Align front ends and suspension systems.
Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.
Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units.
Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.
Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.
Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.
Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery such as pumps and compressors.
Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems.
Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, and pressure gauges.
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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
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.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
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Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
KEY ABILITIES Expand
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
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Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
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.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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