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Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.
    • Use handtools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, or precision instruments, as well as power tools, such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, or jacks and hoists.
    • Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.
    • Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.
    • Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery.
    • Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.
    • Raise trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists.
    • Attach test instruments to equipment, and read dials and gauges to diagnose malfunctions.
    • Rebuild gas or diesel engines.
    • Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.
    • Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, or pressure gauges.
    • Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.
    • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
    • Follow green operational practices involving conservation of water or energy or reduction of solid waste.
    • Align front ends and suspension systems.
    • Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.
    • Adjust or repair computer controlled exhaust emissions devices.
    • Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery, such as pumps and compressors.
    • Install or repair accessories.
    • Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units.
    • Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems.
    • Repair or adjust seats, doors, or windows.
    • Measure vehicle emissions to determine whether they are within acceptable limits.
    • Maintain or repair vehicles with alternative fuel systems, including biodiesel, hybrid, or compressed natural gas vehicles.
    • Operate valve-grinding machines to grind and reset valves.

    Skills

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46780/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 10,050
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,000

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Specialty wrenches
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Calipers
    • Adjustable wrenches
    • Adjustable widemouth pliers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Facilities management software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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