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Become A Diesel Engineer

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Working As A Diesel Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $83,478

    Average Salary

What Does A Diesel Engineer Do At Cummins Inc.

* Completes diagnostics, repairs and rebuilds on engine products in a service workshop under limited supervision
* Applies documented procedures and policies to complete complex repairs, including identifying and preparing required parts and tools
* Disassemble, clean and reassemble engines and /or engine components
* Performs preventative maintenance based on assessment of engines
* Assists more experienced technicians with diagnostics and development of repair plans engines in the workshop
* Completes required documentation, such as work completed documents, time sheets, warranty claims, quality documents via handwritten forms or business system input screens
* Completes training in line with skill and business requirements
* Maintains work area and tools for cleanliness and proper operation
* Adheres to all relevant Health, Safety & Environmental policies, procedures and legislation and reports any issues / incidents to their supervisor
* Qualifications
* Skills
* Ability to carry out basic diagnostics using Cummins diagnostic tools on different product types with minimal supervision
* Able to fully use all required Cummins service tools including Insite, EDS, Quick Serve On Line
* Capable of developing collaborative working relationships
* Able to identify and communicate opportunities for work process improvements
* Can resolve common technical problems
* Ability to carry out full diagnostics using Cummins diagnostic tools on different product types without supervision
* In depth mechanical repair and maintenance capability to carry out external engine repairs including fuel system components without supervision
* Ability to develop and maintain productive customer relationship
* Education, Licenses, Certifications
* Vocational diploma from relevant technical institution
* Locally valid driving permit and CDL preferred
* Experience
* Intermediate level knowledge of and/or experience with engine products

What Does A Diesel Engineer Do At BNSF

* Test, inspect and proper repair of electrical components of locomotive systems, equipment and machinery.
* SAFETY: Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to and acting on safety concerns.
* LOCOMOTIVE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE: Test, inspect and repair switches, heaters, air conditioners, DC power systems, event recorder tapes, lights, water coolers, batteries, low and high voltage systems, traction motors, cooling fans, and fuel pumps.
* EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE: Troubleshoot, repair, install, inspect, calibrate and replace electrical high-voltage, mechanical, and electro-magnetic equipment, perform preventative maintenance on a variety of tools/equipment, and machinery to ensure proper function.
* The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position.
* These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position

What Does A Diesel Engineer Do At BNSF

* Inspect, repair and maintain engine and mechanical components of diesel locomotives.
* SAFETY: Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to and acting on safety concerns.
* May be required to handle hazardous materials.
* LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE MAINTENANCE: Repair running gears: wheels, springs, hangers, and brake rigging traction motors.
* Test and repair: brake systems, safety appliances, couplers, draft systems, air compressors, safety valves, lube oil pumps filter systems, fuel systems, radiators and shutters.
* Install, disassemble, assemble, repair or replace locomotive diesel engine components.
* Perform scheduled and preventative maintenance on tools and equipment.
* INSPECTING: Inspect locomotive components, diagnose malfunctions in diesel engines, air equipment and trucks

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How To Become A Diesel Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Real Diesel Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Engineer, Diesel Engines Ricardo Inc. Van Buren, MI Mar 11, 2011 $117,877
Chief Engineer, Diesel Engines Ricardo Inc. Van Buren, MI May 06, 2011 $117,877
Diesel On Board Diagnostics Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Aug 17, 2015 $93,850 -
$111,360
Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 28, 2016 $93,000
Diesel Calibration Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 09, 2016 $92,454
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jul 09, 2016 $90,000
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Mar 17, 2014 $90,000
Diesel Calibration Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Troy, MI Feb 13, 2015 $89,440
Project Engineer I-Diesel Engine Development AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. Plymouth, MI Sep 20, 2011 $89,267
Advanced Diesel Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Sep 21, 2016 $85,420
Diesel Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 14, 2015 $85,044
Systems Engineer: Diesel Engines Siemens Industry, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jul 14, 2010 $85,000
Diesel Calibration Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 01, 2013 $83,480
Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Mar 28, 2016 $83,478
Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI May 19, 2014 $83,478
Diesel Engine On-Board Diagnostics Calibration Engineer Detroit Diesel Corporation Detroit, MI Oct 27, 2014 $81,000
Diesel Engine Techinal Manager Goltens New York Corp. New York, NY Sep 27, 2010 $80,000
Diesel Aftertreatment Engineer IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. Northville, MI Aug 20, 2016 $79,950
Project Engineer, Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 10, 2014 $73,000
Lead Diesel Failure Calibration Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Jan 07, 2016 $70,179 -
$111,360
Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Nov 17, 2011 $68,328
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer Deere & Company Waterloo, IA Oct 01, 2012 $68,000 -
$78,000
Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 10, 2011 $66,560
Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Nov 01, 2010 $66,560

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Top Skills for A Diesel Engineer

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Top Diesel Engineer Skills

  1. Cummins Diesel Engines
  2. Cummins Insite
  3. Troubleshoot
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repaired and rebuilt Cummins Diesel Engines (all models) to factory specifications.
  • Performed computer diagnostics to identify engine problems and fault codes using Cummins Insite program.
  • Communicated with customer and internal Service Coordinators through process of initiating, troubleshooting and drafting job plans.
  • Managed documentation tracking engine performance for new diesel program.
  • Maintained all generators and air compressors.

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