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Working As A Shop Mechanic

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $44,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Shop Mechanic Do At Martin Marietta

* Accurately and promptly diagnose specific problems on equipment.
* Utilize diagnostic trouble shooting computers for repair.
* Will repair air conditioners and heaters.
* Perform brake repairs and adjustments on mobile equipment.
* Trouble shoots electrical and hydraulic problems and makes the necessary repairs or replacements and interprets schematics on electrical and hydraulic systems.
* Cut, weld and fabricate when necessary.
* Perform and retain records on preventative maintenance of equipment.
* Perform responsibilities safely and maintain a clean workplace.
* Utilize parts manual and online resources for ordering parts

What Does A Shop Mechanic Do At Sunbelt Rentals

* Services and oversees repairs of all types of equipment to ensure proper working condition at the job site
* Conducts preventive maintenance to avoid unnecessary repairs and down time in the field
* Performs safety inspections on equipment
* Maintains a safe shop work environment and company vehicle
* Effectively communicates equipment issues with customers and supervisor to ensure customer satisfaction
* Adheres to all company, governmental and equipment related safety requirements
* Attends and participates in all Profit Center Meetings
* On a daily basis, position requires driving for many hours at a stretch, loading and unloading cargo, and considerable lifting, carrying, and walking each day
* Performs other duties assigned as assigned by the manager

What Does A Shop Mechanic Do At H.O. Penn

* Troubleshoot problems
* Efficiently utilize resources to correct problems
* Document steps taken to correct problems
* Plan proper repair procedures for efficiency
* Efficiently utilize tooling and technical resources
* Communicate repair status
* Complete / attend all safety meetings, computer based safety training, safety audits and other safety training as assigned
* Work in a proactive, safe manner in compliance with all safety practices, policies and training
* Immediately resolve and / or report all safety issues to supervisor
* Maintain a clean and safe work area in compliance with all Contamination Control Initiatives

What Does A Shop Mechanic Do At RK Hall Construction Ltd

* The criteria for evaluation in this position include but are not limited to the following:
* Must be able to perform the following duties:
* Lubrication: Oil, air, and fuel filtration, grease points and capacities, inspection techniques to detect abnormal conditions.
* Paint and Body: Body work and painting procedures.
* Machine Shop Familiarization: Welding and burning equipment and operations of lathes, saws, shapers, grinder and presses.
* Injector
* Governor: The operation and service of fuel injector pumps and nozzles, and engine governors.
* Water Cooled Engine Rebuild: Assist in the complete overhaul and testing of gas and diesel engines.
* Transmissions and Rear Ends: Assist in the complete overhaul of the various mechanisms used to transfer engineer horsepower to active effort.
* Air Cooled Engines: Assist in the complete overhaul of the various air cooled engines and their applications.
* Equipment Parts Familiarization: The Parts Catalogs, procurement, handling, storage, and cost of equipment parts.
* Starters, Generators & Voltage Regulators: Assist in the complete overhaul of the various starters, generators and voltage regulators.
* Equipment Shop: Assist in the repair and overhaul of the various equipment which will include insofar as is practical, autos and trucks, rollers, subgrade mixers, motor graders, compactors, pumps, and air compressors--their power plants, transmissions, controls and accessories, etc.
* Equipment Field: The role of the field mechanic is to make the repairs necessary in the field and perform preventive maintenance practices necessary to increase service life of the equipment

What Does A Shop Mechanic Do At Wagner Construction Inc.

* Troubleshoot problems and repair heavy construction equipment.
* Performs skilled mechanical repair work and overhaul of equipment including gas and diesel engines.
* Performs basic troubleshooting on electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
* Installs and/or replaces new or reconditioned repair parts.
* Tests equipment for proper operation.
* Requires basic understanding of electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic circuits, drawings and prints.
* Ability to weld mild steel and use oxy/acetylene torch.
* Documents repairs and preventive maintenance in fleet data base.
* Purchases necessary parts and supplies to accomplish repairs.
* Prioritize work, establishes deadlines and modifies work schedules to meet those deadlines.
* Maintain shop facilities in adherence to safety regulations.
* Plans and organizes seasonal shop work according to changing demands and priorities.
* Provides technical assistance or advice to machine operators.
* Trains machine operators on general maintenance.
* Maintain a current library of equipment maintenance manuals, schematics and lock-out procedures.
* Ensure equipment is equipped with log books, operating manuals and lock-out procedures.
* Identify warranty issues and follow up with manufacturer and equipment manager

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How To Become A Shop Mechanic

Most diesel technicians learn informally on the job after a high school education, but employers increasingly prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine repair. Although not required, industry certification can demonstrate a diesel technician’s competence and experience.


Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. High school or postsecondary courses in automotive repair, electronics, and mathematics provide a strong educational background for a career as a diesel technician.

An increasing number of employers look for workers with postsecondary training in diesel engine repair. Many community colleges and trade and vocational schools offer certificate or degree programs in diesel engine repair.

Programs mix classroom instruction with hands-on training, including the basics of diesel technology, repair techniques and equipment, and practical exercises. Students also learn how to interpret technical manuals and electronic diagnostic reports.


Diesel technicians who begin working without any postsecondary education are trained extensively on the job. Trainees are assigned basic tasks, such as cleaning parts, checking fuel and oil levels, and driving vehicles in and out of the shop.

After they learn routine maintenance and repair tasks and demonstrate competence, trainees move on to more complicated subjects such as vehicle diagnostics. This process can take from 3 to 4 years, at which point a trainee is usually considered a journey-level diesel technician.

Over the course of their careers, diesel technicians must learn to use new techniques and equipment. Employers often send experienced technicians to special training classes conducted by manufacturers and vendors to learn about the latest diesel technology.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for diesel and other automotive service technicians and mechanics. Although not required, this certification demonstrates a diesel technician’s competence and experience to potential employers and clients, and often brings higher pay.

Diesel technicians may be certified in specific repair areas, such as drive trains, electronic systems, or preventative maintenance and inspection. To earn certification, technicians must have 2 years of work experience and pass one or more ASE exams. To remain certified, diesel technicians must pass a recertification exam every 5 years.

Many diesel technicians are required to have a commercial driver’s license so they may test-drive buses and large trucks.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Diesel technicians frequently discuss automotive problems and necessary repairs with their customers. They must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Diesel technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing engines and components, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments and other easy-to-miss causes.

Dexterity. Mechanics need a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination for many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, or using hand tools.

Mechanical skills. Diesel technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often disassemble major parts for repairs, and they must be able to put them back together properly.

Organizational skills. Diesel technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability for parts.

Strength. Diesel technicians often lift heavy parts and tools, such as exhaust system components and pneumatic wrenches.

Troubleshooting skills. Diesel technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Hawaiian

  • Cherokee

  • Gothic

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Top Shop Mechanic Skills

  1. Order Parts
  2. Tractor Trailers
  3. Diesel Engines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Order parts, supplies, and equipment from catalogs and suppliers, or obtain them from storerooms.
  • Diagnosed and repaired multiple brands, types, and sizes of earth moving equipment and tractor trailers.
  • Repaired diesel engines and drive train components on medium and heavy duty trucks and semis
  • Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.
  • Used heavy equipment, such as front end loaders and crane to move and replace machinery.

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