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.

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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $42,500.00
Average Time to Fill 55 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 8,301
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 9.96 %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Problem-solving
Information Gathering
Decision-making
Integrity

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Install vehicle parts and accessories
Maintain cargo or passenger vehicle
Repair major vehicle systems such as engines, engine components, or transmissions
Overhaul major vehicle systems such as engines or transmissions
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Service green vehicles to make repairs or maintain good working order
Install tires on vehicles
Service vehicle with water, air, fuel, or oil
Install glass such as windshields in motor vehicles
Adjust clearances of vehicle body parts or components
Repair cargo or passenger vehicle
Conduct tests to locate mechanical system malfunction
Clean installation, maintenance, or repair tools, equipment, or machinery
Rebuild parts or components
Maintain construction machinery or equipment
Repair commercial transportation equipment
Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Adjust clearances of mechanical or electrical components or parts
Maintain welding machines or equipment
Lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
Install brakes on vehicles
Align vehicle frame
Maintain mechanical machinery or implements
Maintain work tools or equipment
Repair railroad equipment or tracks
Overhaul power-generating equipment or machinery
Repair mechanical controls
Overhaul industrial or construction machinery or equipment
Maintain mining machinery or equipment
Maintain boat or ship hull
Perform preventative maintenance on manufacturing equipment
Repair malfunctioning or worn mechanical components

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test vehicle computer processors to detect malfunctions
Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Operate engine emission testing equipment
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Test mechanical products or equipment
Inspect vehicle to detect malfunctions or maintenance needed
Inspect vehicle body to determine extent of damages and repairs needed
Perform safety inspection related to an installation, maintenance or repair
Inspect installation, maintenance, or repair machinery or equipment
Inspect facilities to determine repair or replacement needs
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Inspect mechanical systems to determine if they are operating properly
Inspect completed repair work to ensure proper functioning
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Inspect production equipment

Handling and Moving Objects

Adjust vehicle components according to specifications
Align equipment or machinery
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Dismantle heavy equipment or machinery
Reassemble equipment after repair
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured mechanical products, engines, or machinery by hand
Weld metal structures
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured automotive or vehicle related products by hand
Weld metal parts and components
Rewire electrical or electronic systems
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Determine installation, service, or repair needed
Diagnose mechanical problems in machinery or equipment
Diagnose malfunctioning vehicle systems based on inspection or test results
Diagnose engine problems using diagnostic equipment
Diagnose electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Diagnose refrigeration problems
Follow installation, maintenance, or repair safety procedures and regulations
Implement employee bargaining agreements
Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Implement company or staff policies
Terminate employment of employees or contractors
Terminate relationship with clients or vendors
Modify work procedures, processes, or plans to meet situational needs
Discipline staff for infractions of rules or regulations
Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Commercial Driving
Fuel Systems
Customer Contact
Occupational Health and Safety
Suspension Repair
Brake Work
Battery Testing and Installation



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