Diesel Service Technician and Mechanic
Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, and overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engine. They may work on the electrical system of a vehicle or may retrofit engines with emission control systems to comply with pollution regulations.
Diesel service techs usually work in noisy repair shops that are well-ventilated and may sometimes be required to repair vehicles on roadsides or at worksites. Most diesel service technicians and mechanics work on a full-time basis with the probability of overtime and evening shifts.
How to become a Diesel Service Technician and Mechanic
Diesel service technicians and mechanics typically require a high school diploma or the equivalent with increasing demand for post-secondary courses in automotive repair, mathematics, and electronics in diesel engine repair.
Many community colleges and vocational and trade schools offer certificates or degree programs in diesel engine repair. These programs incorporate instruction in the classroom with hands-on training. This instruction would include basic diesel technology, practical exercises and repair techniques and equipment. A student would also learn how to interpret technical manuals and electronic diagnostic reports.
The diesel technician who begins their career without post-secondary education are given extensive on-the-job training. An employer often sends experienced technicians to special training classes given by vendors and manufacturers to learn about the latest diesel technology
It is not required to be certified, however it would be advantageous for an applicant to prove competence and experience to the employer. Certification requires 2 years of work experience and to pass one or more ASE exams. It is necessary to obtain re-certification every 5 years.
Job Description of a Diesel Service Technician and Mechanic
The duties of a diesel service mechanic and technician is to meet with customers and read work orders to know what work is required and then plan the work procedures. They inspect brake systems, transmissions, engines, and steering mechanisms and other vehicle parts and follow checklists to ensure that every critical part is examined. He or she reads and interprets diagnostic test results to identify mechanical or electrical equipment.
Diesel service technicians and mechanics perform basic maintenance, as well as repairing or replacing malfunctioning parts, components, or other electrical or mechanical equipment. Their job includes handling power and machine tools and oftentimes lap top computers to diagnose problems and adjust engine functions. He or she tests drives the vehicle to be sure that it runs smoothly and all work was completed for the customers safety and satisfaction.