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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

Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engine.

Duties

Diesel service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

  • Consult with customers and read work orders to determine work required
  • Plan work procedures, using technical charts and manuals
  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, transmissions, engines, and other parts of vehicles
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Read and interpret diagnostic test results to identify mechanical problems
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
  • Test-drive vehicles to ensure that they run smoothly

Because of their efficiency and durability, diesel engines have become the standard in powering trucks and buses. Other heavy vehicles and mobile equipment, including bulldozers and cranes, are also powered by diesel engines, as are many commercial boats, and some passenger vehicles and pickups.

Diesel technicians handle many kinds of repairs. They may work on a vehicle’s electrical system, make major engine repairs, or retrofit exhaust systems with emission control systems to comply with pollution regulations.

Diesel engine maintenance and repair is becoming more complex as engines and other components use more electronic systems to control their operation. For example, fuel injection and engine timing systems rely heavily on microprocessors to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize harmful emissions. In most shops, workers often use hand-held or laptop computers to diagnose problems and adjust engine functions. 

In addition to using computerized diagnostic equipment, diesel technicians use a variety of power and machine tools, such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, grinding machines, and welding equipment. Hand tools, including pliers, sockets and ratchets, and screwdrivers, are commonly used.

Employers typically provide expensive power tools and computerized equipment, but workers generally acquire their own hand tools over time.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on automobiles, see the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on farm equipment, construction vehicles, and rail cars, see the profile on heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians.

For more information on technicians and mechanics who work primarily on motorboats, motorcycles, and small all-terrain vehicles, see the profile on small engine mechanics.

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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.

Education

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.

Training

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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Average Length of Employment
Master Mechanic 5.6 years
Head Mechanic 4.7 years
Equipment Mechanic 4.4 years
Lead Mechanic 4.3 years
Motor Mechanic 3.8 years
Auto Mechanic 3.7 years
Fleet Mechanic 3.7 years
Generator Mechanic 3.7 years
Mechanic Driver 3.6 years
Mechanic 3.5 years
Field Mechanic 3.5 years
Diesel Mechanic 3.5 years
Bus Mechanic 3.3 years
Service Mechanic 3.3 years
Marine Mechanic 3.2 years
Truck Technician 3.2 years
Truck Mechanic 3.0 years
Diesel Technician 3.0 years
Crane Mechanic 3.0 years
Shop Mechanic 2.9 years
Trailer Mechanic 2.7 years
Boat Mechanic 2.5 years
Junior Mechanic 2.2 years
Mechanic Helper 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Mechanic 21.0%
Technician 5.4%
Welder 5.1%
Driver 2.0%
Top Employers After
Mechanic 16.8%
Welder 4.1%
Technician 3.6%
Driver 3.6%
Owner 2.6%
Supervisor 2.6%

Truck Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

96.0%

Female

3.5%

Unknown

0.5%
Ethnicity

White

81.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.3%

French

13.8%

Carrier

10.3%

German

6.9%

Dakota

6.9%

Swedish

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

Greek

3.4%

Italian

3.4%
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Truck Mechanic Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

35.0%

Central Texas College

5.6%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

5.6%

Western Technical College

4.9%

Dakota County Technical College

4.2%

Ohio Technical College

4.2%

University of Northwestern Ohio

4.2%

Arizona Automotive Institute

3.5%

University of Phoenix

3.5%

WyoTech - Laramie

3.5%

Lincoln Technical Institute

2.8%

Community College of the Air Force

2.8%

Boise State University

2.8%

William Penn University

2.8%

Lansing Community College

2.8%

Ferris State University

2.8%

Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis

2.8%

San Bernardino Valley College

2.1%

Automeca Technical College

2.1%

Shasta College

2.1%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

49.9%

Business

7.0%

Precision Metal Working

4.3%

General Studies

4.3%

Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.5%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Management

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.6%

Computer Science

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

1.2%

Aviation

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Apparel And Textiles

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

49.3%

Associate

19.4%

Certificate

13.9%

Diploma

7.4%

Bachelors

7.1%

Masters

1.6%

License

1.3%
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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
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Tully Construction Co Inc. NY Jan 03, 2011 $58,510
Trucks Mechanic Greenstar Construction, LLC Newark, NJ Dec 13, 2010 $58,123
Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist Mile Square Transportation Inc. Yonkers, NY Jun 18, 2015 $57,491
Diesel Truck Mechanic A To Z Equipment Repair Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Dec 18, 2014 $57,491
Diesel Truck Mechanic Av Carriers Inc. Lemont, IL Oct 14, 2015 $57,158
Diesel Truck Mechanic Adz Trucking, Inc. Joliet, IL Jun 01, 2016 $57,158
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Broadway Brake Corp. Somerville, MA Jun 25, 2013 $56,971
Truck Mechanic SJ Delivery Services LLC Mastic, NY Apr 18, 2012 $55,850 -
$55,860
Truck Mechanic Star Distribution, Inc. D/B/A New Deal Logistics Jersey City, NJ Dec 03, 2009 $55,598
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists W & K Express, Inc. River Grove, IL Mar 24, 2010 $53,636
Truck Mechanic South Shore Truck Repair West Islip, NY Jul 10, 2015 $53,290
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Coastal Sunbelt Produce Company Savage, MD Jul 09, 2014 $52,520
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists South Shore Truck Repair West Islip, NY Jul 03, 2013 $52,333
Truck Mechanic Dana Transport, Inc. Avenel, NJ Jul 16, 2010 $46,728
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists JSS Perfromance Inc. Mineola, NY Nov 16, 2012 $46,707
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialist Killoran Trucking Buffalo, ND Aug 24, 2012 $45,906
Mechanic, Industrial Truck Tropical Shipping USA LLC DBA Tropical Shipping FL Apr 15, 2011 $45,037
Diesel Truck Mechanic USP Trans, Inc. Lyons, IL Feb 11, 2008 $44,933
Diesel Truck Mechanic USP Trans, Inc. Lyons, IL Apr 15, 2011 $44,933
Diesel Truck Mechanic Quality Truck & Trailer Chicago, IL Apr 14, 2011 $44,933
Diesel Truck Mechanic West Wind Express Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 15, 2011 $44,933
Truck Mechanic Crown Container Corp. NY Oct 19, 2007 $41,615
Truck Mechanics USA Truck and Trailer Supply New Iberia, LA Apr 01, 2016 $41,573
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine B & N Inc. Putnam, CT Feb 17, 2010 $41,573
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine B & N Inc. Putnam, CT Aug 28, 2009 $41,573
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Sheldon Containers, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 09, 2013 $41,281
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Holiday World of Houston Katy, TX Aug 06, 2013 $41,281
Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist Desert Runner Transportation Inc. Nogales, AZ Feb 25, 2016 $40,810
Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist Desert Runner Transportation Inc. Nogales, AZ Mar 15, 2016 $40,810

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Top Skills for A Truck Mechanic

CompanyVehiclesDieselEnginesImportantPartsCumminsAirCompressorsPreventiveMaintenanceDiagnosticTestsOilChangesClutchHeavyEquipmentTractorTrailersEngineRepairElectricalSystemsDiagnosisTroubleShootingHydraulicSystemsDieselTrucksRoutineMaintenanceWheelSealsWheelBearings

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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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