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Diesel Mechanic

Work with diesel engines performing maintenance, servicing and diagnostic tasks.
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What's it like to be a Diesel Mechanic?

Diesel Mechanics specialise in working with all types of diesel engines—which differ from petrol powered engines–including carrying out inspections, repairs, servicing and overhauls. Diesel Mechanics may work with a wide range of vehicles and machinery, including cars, buses, trucks and farm equipment.

Diesel Mechanic

Tasks and duties

  • Service diesel engine vehicles, including involve oil changes, preventative maintenance and repairing faults.
  • Dismantle and remove engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and check parts.
  • Diagnose and test parts with the assistance of computers.
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As a Diesel Mechanic, you may perform a wide range of tasks, from routine maintenance to full engine overhauls or rebuilds. Diesel Mechanics may work in private or commercial garages, freight and mass transit operations, and government facilities.

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How to become a Diesel Mechanic


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To become a Diesel Mechanic you need to complete an apprenticeship and some formal training.

  1. Consider enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship course such as the Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516), which will give you an idea of what it’s like to work in the industry. When looking to start your apprenticeship, an Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer.
  2. While completing your apprenticeship, there are a number of formal training options to supplement your on-the-job training, including: Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology (AUR31516) and Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology (AUR31416).
  3. There are some rapidly advancing new technologies being used by Diesel Mechanics to assist with advanced diagnostics and repairs, which means there is a lot of scope for up-skilling. For example, the Diploma of Automotive Technology (AUR50216) equips you with the skills to diagnose, analyse, evaluate, design and modify vehicle systems in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

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Latest Diesel Mechanic reviews

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Oct 2018
Diesel Mechanics is not a dirty word
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed Year 10
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Agriculture diesel technician
The good things
The Good Things about being a diesel mechanic, you get to understand the mechanical internals and repair of a large range of products, from Highway Trucks, Boats and ships, Agricultural Machinery, Ear...
The challenges
The day to day challenges of a diesel mechanic, depending on the company you work for or the area of your specialization, you will be responsible for the repair of a verity of machine function's. Fro...
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May 2021
Heavy vehicle diesel mechanic is a tough and physical job and mentally draining and challenging but vary rewarding at the same time with good job security for people with families as long as you have an understanding wife that realises stuff happens at last minute that you have to get the job done and might miss out on things in your personal life
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Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle Road Transport)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
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Field service fitter
The good things
Great challenges every day and continue to learn new things in a fast past environment
The challenges
Under constant pressure and time frames sometimes working weekends and shift work late nights not for the faint hearted
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