Truck mechanics maintain repair and rebuild gasoline and diesel truck engines. They run diagnostic tests to determine whether engines are in good working order and they remove and replace faulty parts. They check cooling systems filters brakes and alignment to ensure the truck will operate efficiently. Truck mechanics need a minimum of a high school diploma with courses in science and mathematics as well as excellent mechanical ability. However graduation from a trade or technical school can make aspiring truck mechanicals more marketable. According to the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com some high schools and most vocational schools offer courses in truck repair. Even so aspiring truck mechanics usually start out spending several years assisting experienced workers in repairing gasoline-powered engines after which they may be trained for an additional six to 18 months in repairing diesel-powered engines. Some trucking companies sponsor formal apprenticeship programs that include several years of practical and formal classroom training. Some diesel truck mechanics perform a variety of repairs but others specialize in engine rebuilding repair of fuel-injection systems cylinder heads and so on. Diesel repair mechanics can become certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) by passing an exam and having two years of diesel repair experience. They must take a text every five years to maintain their certification. The website www.ehow.com says that the employment outlook for truck mechanics is positive because more trucks will be used to transport freight cross country. Also truck mechanics will are to update existing trucks with energy-efficient equipment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that wages for truck mechanics depend on experience location and employer but the median wage is approximately $19 per hour. Highly experienced truck mechanics can earn over $50000 a year.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Apprenticeship|
|Tasks:||Repairs diesel engines.
Performs regular maintenance on truck engines.
Troubleshoots engine problems.
Disassembles and reassembles truck engines.
|Also Called:||Diesel Mechanic
Heavy Machinery Mechanic