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Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Print

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.

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, 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.
  • 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 Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
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 $43,500/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.92/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 12,040
  • Yearly Projected Openings 330
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
  • Engine or component test stands
  • Calipers
  • Boring machines
Technology
  • Word processing software
  • Inventory management software
  • Facilities management software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.