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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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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