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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,853
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,918
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 3.5
Annual Openings: 46
Entry Wage: $15.05
Median Wage: $17.92
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- 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, and precision instruments, as well as power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, and 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, and pressure gauges.
- Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.
- Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
- Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.
- Align front ends and suspension systems.
- 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.
- Follow green operational practices involving conservation of water or energy or reduction of solid waste.
- Adjust or repair computer controlled exhaust emissions devices.
- 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.
Indivduals currently working as Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
- Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
- Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines*
- Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Automotive Master Mechanics*
- Signal and Track Switch Repairers
- Maintenance and Repair Workers, General*
- Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
- Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013