Diagnoses, adjusts, repairs, or overhauls buses and trucks, or maintains and repairs any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.
- Uses handtools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, and precision instruments, as well as power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, and jacks and hoists.
- Adjusts and relines brakes, aligns wheels, tightens bolts and screws, and reassembles equipment.
- Examines and adjusts protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.
- Performs routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery.
- Test drives trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.
- Raises trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists.
- Attaches test instruments to equipment, and reads dials and gauges to diagnose malfunctions.
- Rebuilds gas or diesel engines.
- Inspects and verifies dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.