Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
SOC: 49-3031.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
263,900 employed

Projected (2024):
295,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Biodiesel Engine Specialist
  • Boat Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Boat Engine Mechanic
  • Boat Engines Installer
  • Boat Mechanic
  • Bus Mechanic
  • Bus or Truck Garage Mechanic
  • Deep Submergence Vehicle Crewmember
  • Diesel Engine Erector
  • Diesel Engine Fitter
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Diesel Machinist
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic Apprentice
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Diesel Service Technician
  • Diesel Technician
  • Diesel Tractor Engine Mechanic
  • Diesel Truck Mechanic
  • Engine Maintenance Mechanic
  • Engine Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Engine Mechanic
  • Farm Implement Engine Mechanic
  • Farm Machinery Engine Mechanic
  • Fleet Mechanic
  • General Repair Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Engine Mechanic
  • Heavy Repairer
  • Industrial Truck Mechanic
  • Locomotive Mechanic
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Marine Diesel Mechanic
  • Marine Diesel Technician
  • Marine Engine Machinist
  • Marine Engine Machinist Apprentice
  • Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Oil Field Equipment Mechanic
  • Ordnance Truck Installation Mechanic
  • Overhauler, Bus, Truck
  • Service Technician
  • Tank Truck Engine Mechanic
  • Tractor Expert
  • Tractor Mechanic
  • Tractor Mechanic Apprentice
  • Tractor Trailer Mechanic
  • Trailer Mechanic
  • Transit Mechanic
  • Transportation Mechanic
  • Truck Bench Mechanic
  • Truck Mechanic
  • Truck Mechanic Apprentice
  • Truck Trailer Mechanic
  • Truck, Railroad, and Bus Engine Mechanic
  • Truck, Railroad, and Bus Motor Mechanic
  • Truck, Railroad, and Bus Transmission Mechanic
  • Truck, Railroad, and Bus Tune Up Mechanic
  • Vehicle Mechanic


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery.
  • Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.
  • Raise trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists.
  • Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, and pressure gauges.
  • Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.
  • Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.
  • Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.
  • Attach test instruments to equipment, and read dials and gauges to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
  • Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery such as pumps and compressors.
  • Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units.
  • Rebuild gas or diesel engines.
  • Align front ends and suspension systems.
  • Operate valve-grinding machines to grind and reset valves.
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems.
  • Adjust or repair computer controlled exhaust emissions devices.
  • Follow green operational practices involving conservation of water or energy or reduction of solid waste.
  • Maintain or repair vehicles with alternative fuel systems, including biodiesel, hybrid, or compressed natural gas vehicles.
  • Measure vehicle emissions to determine whether they are within acceptable limits.
  • Install or repair accessories.
  • Repair or adjust seats, doors, or windows.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable crescent wrenches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Battery chargers
  • Bearing heating ovens
  • Blast cleaning cabinets
  • Bleeder wrenches
  • Blow guns
  • Bore gauges
  • Boring bars
  • Boring tools
  • Box end wrenches
  • Brake shoe adjusting tools
  • Brass drifts
  • Brass hammers
  • Brazing equipment
  • Chain slings
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Cross peen hammers
  • Cutting torches
  • Decelerometers
  • Depth gauges
  • Desktop computers
  • Detroit diesel electronic control DDEC readers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial gauges
  • Drill machines
  • Drill presses
  • Dynanometers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Flare nut wrenches
  • Flash card readers
  • Forklifts
  • Fuel pump test stands
  • Gas welding equipment
  • Governor test stands
  • Grinding machines
  • Hacksaws
  • Handheld diagnostic computers
  • Hearing protectors
  • Hex keys
  • Hoists
  • Hones
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Hydraulic rams
  • Impact wrenches
  • Injector pop testers
  • Inside calipers
  • Jacks
  • Lathes
  • Locking pliers
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micrometers
  • Milling machines
  • Multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Outside calipers
  • Paint spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic wrenches
  • Portable welding equipment
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws
  • Pressure gauges
  • Pry bars
  • Pump wrenches
  • Punch presses
  • Punch sets
  • Punches
  • Putty knives
  • Rat tail files
  • Ratchets
  • Reamers
  • Riveting tools
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shears
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Slug wrenches
  • Snap gauges
  • Snap ring pliers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Spark plug gapping tools
  • Spark plug sockets
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Test lights
  • Tire pressure gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Valve seat grinders
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Voltmeters
  • Water pump pliers
  • Welding hoods
  • Wheel balancers
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutting tools
  • Wire strippers
  • Workshop cranes
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Shop management software
  • Word processing software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990