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Working As A Truck 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

  • $44,871

    Average Salary

What Does A Truck Mechanic Do At Titan America

* Perform inspection, diagnosis, and repair of diesel engines, hydraulic systems, suspensions, drive-train components, electrical, air conditioning, air brakes, computer diagnostics and basic welding
* Analyze blueprints, drawings, work orders and diagrams in order to troubleshoot, repair and install equipment
* Estimate time and material costs on vehicle repairs and requisitions new parts
* Complete required paperwork associated with repairing vehicles, documenting parts usage, and accounting for repair times
* Work under limited supervision using written or verbal instructions and established procedures to accomplish assigned tasks
* Communicate clearly and effectively at various levels to obtain and provide information needed to accomplish goals
* Restore company assets to a like new condition with great attention to detail

What Does A Truck Mechanic Do At Ahern Rentals, Inc.

* Inspect, test and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, including diesel and tractor trailer issues
* Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition
* Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, lubricating equipment and machinery and DOT inspections
* Removing and installing transmissions/servicing air brakes
* Mount and dismount wheels
* Test drive vehicles to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly
* Maintain cleanliness and safety of the shop and yard
* Other duties as assigned by management
* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position

What Does A Truck Mechanic Do At Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

* Perform maintenance tasks based on driver pre and post trip inspections in a timely manner or as directed by the Maintenance Manager
* Perform Preventative Maintenance Inspections
* Thoroughly identify defects requiring correction, which would affect the availability of the equipment and the safety of the equipment operator
* Make adjustments to brakes, clutches, and other utilities that are part of the vehicle or other equipment
* Make adjustments to hydraulic pressures and other hydraulic components of any equipment
* Perform tire changes and repairs
* Build, rebuild or replace hydraulic components and hoses of any vehicle or stationary equipment
* Operate the grinders and sanders
* Perform accurate Lockout/Tagout procedures
* Perform all job duties in accordance with company safety policies and regulations

What Does A Truck Mechanic Do At Praxair

* Diagnose, repair and maintain all components on tractors and trailers.
* Must be proficient with manufacture diagnostic computer software.
* Knowledgeable of OEM manuals and websites to perform maintenance and repairs.
* Track and perform PM s to Praxair requirements on all distribution equipment.
* Maintain fleet appearance by repairing and re-fabricating body parts.
* Maintains parts inventory which includes tires, fuel and oil/ lubricants.
* Perform road calls to help keep trucks moving to customers.
* Must be able to communicate with vendors to ensure repairs are completed in a timely manner.
* Troubleshoot, diagnose and repair electrical systems.
* Execute all PM's
* CM's and other calibration requirements with proper documentation on all meter recalibrations.
* Understand and use various diagnostic and calibration equipment.
* Maintain full compliance with trucking bulletins and alerts.
* Troubleshoot, diagnose, and correct all control system issues pertaining to the tractor PTO and hydraulic pumping systems.
* Input Corrective maintenance, warranty and PM work orders and track through maintenance system

What Does A Truck Mechanic Do At Barnhill Contracting Company

* Performs various skilled task such as engine, hydraulics and electronics on many types of trucks as well as other types of equipment.
* Must own all tools needed to perform the duties of a construction equipment mechanic or truck mechanic.
* May be required to repair equipment in an organized shop or perform repair work in the field as necessary.
* Must be a motivated individual with the ability and willingness to work long hours

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How To Become A Truck 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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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Carrier

  • German

  • Dakota

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Greek

  • Italian

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Real Truck Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Diesel Truck Mechanic K.C. Truck & Trailer Service, Inc. Melrose Park, IL Dec 23, 2016 $59,426
Trucks Mechanic Greenstar Construction, LLC Newark, NJ Dec 13, 2010 $58,123
Diesel Truck Mechanic A To Z Equipment Repair Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Dec 18, 2014 $57,491
Diesel Truck Mechanic Adz Trucking, Inc. Joliet, IL Jun 01, 2016 $57,158
Diesel Truck Mechanic Av Carriers Inc. Lemont, IL Oct 14, 2015 $57,158
Truck Mechanic SJ Delivery Services LLC Mastic, NY Apr 18, 2012 $55,850 -
Truck Mechanic Star Distribution, Inc. D/B/A New Deal Logistics Jersey City, NJ Dec 03, 2009 $55,598
Truck Mechanic South Shore Truck Repair West Islip, NY Jul 10, 2015 $53,290
Truck Mechanic Star Way Lines Palatine, IL Dec 14, 2016 $51,418
Truck Mechanic Campos Services LLC Kearny, NJ Aug 12, 2010 $51,132 -
Truck Mechanic Eagle Freight Inc. Franklin Park, IL Aug 24, 2016 $50,880
Diesel Truck Mechanic Hodgkins Truck Center Hodgkins, IL Sep 27, 2016 $50,877
Diesel Truck Mechanic Hodgkins Truck Center Hodgkins, IL Feb 02, 2016 $50,877
Truck Mechanic Adeli Trucking Corp. Union, NJ Dec 19, 2008 $50,422
Truck Mechanic Aw ROBL Transportation L.L.C. NY May 22, 2008 $49,378
Truck Mechanic Freight Cargo & Container Services, Inc. Kearny, NJ Mar 28, 2008 $49,378
Truck Mechanic Vidov Trucking, Inc. Lake Station, IN Jan 11, 2016 $48,750
Diesel Truck Mechanic Hodgkins Truck Center Hodgkins, IL Sep 08, 2015 $48,298
Diesel Truck Mechanic Trucx Service & Tires, Inc. Melrose Park, IL Sep 02, 2015 $48,298
Truck Mechanic Pmexpresslines, Inc. Valley, PA Mar 27, 2009 $48,001
Bus & Truck Mechanic DCS Auto Sales, Inc. Newark, NJ Dec 30, 2010 $47,688
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel T.E.V. Corp. Newark, NJ Jan 26, 2009 $47,688
Bus & Truck Mechanic/Diesel Specialist Kennedy Creek Quarry Inc. WA Jul 01, 2014 $44,808
Truck Mechanic J. Montez Trucking Co. Inc. Newark, NJ Jul 09, 2008 $44,787
Truck Mechanic Cable Car Partners, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 25, 2010 $43,827
Truck Mechanic Channel Oil Inc. Broadalbin, NY Mar 31, 2008 $43,660
Truck Mechanic Channel Oil Inc. Broadalbin, NY Dec 09, 2010 $43,660
Truck Mechanic Channel Oil Inc. Broadalbin, NY Oct 16, 2008 $43,660
Bus & Truck Mechanic & Diesel MTC Limousine & Corporate Coach Bedford Hills, NY Nov 21, 2007 $43,660
Truck Mechanic Dana Transport, Inc. Avenel, NJ Oct 29, 2009 $43,493

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Top Skills for A Truck Mechanic


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Top Truck Mechanic Skills

  1. Company Vehicles
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Important Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Diagnose Problems, perform preventive and corrective maintenance on all Company Vehicles including cars and large delivery trucks.
  • Replace or rebuild gas and diesel engines.
  • Followed checklists to verify that all important parts were examined.
  • Performed engine tune ups on CAT, Cummins, Detroit, Case, John Deere, Ford and Fire trucks.
  • Operated pneumatic tools and air compressors.

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