Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Mechanics repair, maintain and service diesel engines. They either work in the field or in specialized repair and overhaul shops. These workers must stay up-to-date on the latest diesel engine technology. A familiarity with computer diagnostic tools and the ability to reprogram control modules is also necessary. This trade is ideal for those who love solving problems and working with precision machinery.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Have a keen eye for detail and a strong understanding of mechanics in order to identify potential problems or malfunctions.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair required.
  • Requires someone with good physical conditioning.
  • Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems, using hand and power tools.
  • Perform testing of repaired equipment to ensure that it is safe.
  • Perform other maintenance work on equipment as necessary.

Education & Employment Requirements:

  • Secondary school diploma is a typical prerequisite.
  • Completion of a three to five year long apprenticeship program or over four years of work experience in the trade along with some high school, college or industry courses in diesel mechanics.


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