Quick Facts About Diesel Mechanics

Technical Skills Developed in the Program:

  • Troubleshoot and repair defective parts in mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.
  • Use computers to diagnose equipment and research information.
  • Perform preventative maintenance such as engine tune-ups, front-end alignments, and brake adjustments.
  • Operate shop machinery and equipment including hoists, overhead cranes, forklifts, hydraulic jacks, compressors, steam cleaners, floor jacks, disassembly stands, grinders, drill presses, hydraulic
  • Presses, valve and seat grinders, and bead blasters.
  • Select and use precision tools such as torque wrenches, micrometres, dial indicators, tap and dies, and bore gauges.

Professional Skills Developed in the Program:

  • Apply safe work habits and practices.
  • Maintain professional attitude in challenging working conditions.
  • Plan and implement work schedule in partnership with team members and document performance.
  • Develop self-confidence and pride in workmanship.
  • Think analytically and make professional decisions.
  • Students are assisted in seeking employment in the industry while they complete the program. Internships are available.

Skills, Background & Personal Qualities Helpful for Success in the Program:

  • Proficiency in Basic Math and Reading
  • Completion of courses in auto, metal, or machine shop and high school science is beneficial.
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability.
  • Self-discipline to carry out precision work to industry standards.
  • Good physical condition and coordination.
  • Commitment to life-long learning to keep pace with new technology.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience with equipment and tools.

Careers in Diesel and Truck Mechanics

Journey-level Diesel and Truck Mechanics are highly respected technical experts in their field. They work independently to solve problems using professional judgement, and take responsibility for the safe operation of the equipment that they repair and maintain.

Diesel and Truck Mechanics also specialize in a particular field. Areas of specialization include trucks, buses, boats, ships, locomotives, construction machines and all classifications of support equipment.

On the job, Diesel and Truck Mechanics perform a range of duties including the following:

  • Diagnosing problems in mechanical, electrical and electronic systems that require the use of sophisticated computers and other diagnostic test equipment.
  • Troubleshooting electronic controls that govern engine performance and horsepower. Transmissions and brake systems are increasingly controlled by electronic systems that interface with engine function.
  • Troubleshooting steering, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as brakes, axles, differentials, electric motors and compressors.

Upon acquiring the skills of a journey-level mechanic there are few limitations to career prospects associated with the trade. A partial list of career choices includes Power Mechanic, Chassis Mechanic, Field Service Technician, Power-train Mechanic, Equipment Inspector, Service Writer, Foreman, Supervisor, Manager, Trainer, Welder/Fabricator, Body and Paint Repairman, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technician.