Diesel Engine Specialists

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Average

28400+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Diesel Engine Specialists include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 40.21% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 29.51% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.

Tasks

    Install or repair accessories.

    Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.

    Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery, such as pumps and compressors.

    Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.

    Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.

    Follow green operational practices involving conservation of water or energy or reduction of solid waste.

    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.

    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.

    Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery.

    Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, or pressure gauges.

    Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.

    Adjust or repair computer controlled exhaust emissions devices.

    Maintain or repair vehicles with alternative fuel systems, including biodiesel, hybrid, or compressed natural gas vehicles.

    Repair or adjust seats, doors, or windows.

    Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.

    Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.

    Measure vehicle emissions to determine whether they are within acceptable limits.

    Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems.

    Align front ends and suspension systems.

    Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units.

    Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.

    Rebuild gas or diesel engines.

    Operate valve-grinding machines to grind and reset valves.

    Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.

Tools

Workshop cranes

Wire strippers

Wire cutting tools

Wire crimpers

Wheel balancers

Welding hoods

Water pump pliers

All Tools

Voltmeters

Vise grip pliers

Valve seat grinders

Vacuum pumps

Utility knives

Two way radios

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment

Torque wrenches

Tire pressure gauges

Test lights

Tape measures

Tachometers

Steam cleaning equipment

Spark plug sockets

Spark plug gapping tools

Socket wrench sets

Snap ring pliers

Snap gauges

Slug wrenches

Slip joint pliers

Sledgehammers

Single-cut mill saw files

Shielded arc welding tools

Shears

Screwdrivers

Safety gloves

Safety glasses

Riveting tools

Reamers

Ratchets

Rat tail files

Putty knives

Punches

Punch sets

Punch presses

Pump wrenches

Pry bars

Pressure gauges

Power saws

Power sanders

Power grinders

Power drills

Portable welding equipment

Pneumatic wrenches

Personal computers

Paint spray guns

Outside calipers

Open end wrenches

Needlenose pliers

Multimeters

Milling machines

Micrometers

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Locking pliers

Lathes

Jacks

Inside calipers

Injector pop testers

Impact wrenches

Hydraulic rams

Hydraulic pumps

Hones

Hoists

Hex keys

Hearing protectors

Handheld diagnostic computers

Hacksaws

Grinding machines

Governor test stands

Gas welding equipment

Fuel pump test stands

Forklifts

Flash card readers

Flare nut wrenches

Feeler gauges

Dynanometers

Drill presses

Drill machines

Dial gauges

Dial calipers

Diagonal cutting pliers

Detroit diesel electronic control DDEC readers

Desktop computers

Depth gauges

Decelerometers

Cutting torches

Cross peen hammers

Combination wrenches

Cold chisels

Claw hammers

Chain slings

Brazing equipment

Brass hammers

Brass drifts

Brake shoe adjusting tools

Box end wrenches

Boring tools

Boring bars

Bore gauges

Blow guns

Bleeder wrenches

Blast cleaning cabinets

Bearing heating ovens

Battery chargers

Ball peen hammers

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Adjustable crescent wrenches

Acetylene torches

Technologies

Computer aided design CAD software

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

Computerized maintenance management system software CMMS

Cummins Insite

Engine diagnostic software

Inventory tracking software

Shop management software

Skills

Troubleshooting

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

Repairing

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Mechanical

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

Transportation

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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