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A Day in the Life of a Diesel Technician

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If it weren’t for diesel technicians then truck drivers and other professionals in the transportation field wouldn’t be able to make it onto the road at all. A diesel technician is an expert in engine repair and maintenance when it comes to large vehicles that are diesel-powered. It is a field that is certainly worth pursuing if you love working with your hands and trying to figure out the way that a large engine runs. So what’s a typical day like for a diesel technician?

You will probably find that your day is spent examining a large assortment of diesel run vehicles. For instance, you might work on trucks, but you could just as easily find yourself working on diesel-powered automobiles, road graders, boats, combines, bulldozers, farm tractors, and cranes. For that reason, your training and education will be very important if this is the field that you want to go into, since you will be encountering a variety of vehicles at any time.

You might also find that the extent of your job duties is expanded on any given day. You may spend one day working on major engine repair for a crane. On another day, however, you might be working on the electrical system of a bulldozer. Still, you could find yourself faced with a diesel-run truck that needs the installation of the emissions control system. This could be important in helping it meet the pollution regulation requirements that are in effect.

Sometimes, vehicles will be brought in not because they are facing problems at the present time, but because they need upkeep and maintenance to ensure that they don’t face any problems in the future. Therefore, you might spend a lot of your time on general maintenance which could involve minor repairs, adjustments, and inspections so that nothing major happens to the vehicle on down the line.

Although you can be assured that working with your hands will be required on a daily basis, no matter what you are doing, you will also be using a variety of tools. Some of them will be power tools while others won’t. Possible tools that you will find yourself becoming skilled at using include grinding machines, welding tools, pneumatic wrenches, jacks, hoists, and lathes. You’ll also use some pretty standard tools, too, such as pliers and screwdrivers.

The type of vehicle that you are working on will probably determine where you work on it at. For smaller vehicles, you might find yourself working inside a well-ventilated, well-lit garage. However, for larger vehicles you could be outside. During cold days, this could get uncomfortable, although on warm days working indoors with a lot of power tools and engines could also be just as uncomfortable.

At times, you will find yourself working in tight conditions. You might be under the vehicle, for instance, or a very small enclosed place. It is extremely important to practice good safety precautions in order to avoid injury.

Although you will get times for breaks throughout the day, you probably shouldn’t expect them to be long ones. Your customers will depend on you getting their vehicles repaired in a timely manner and your business in general will depend on your efficiency and skills.

You could find that you are open later than most businesses so that you can help those people that get off work late. You might even find that you work some hours on the weekend, as well, since vehicles tend to break down and stop running at inopportune times.

As far as working environments go, you might work for a repair shop, a trucking firm, or even own your own business. Some people run their businesses right out of their own garage. If you work for a large trucking firm, you will probably work on a shift basis since the larger firms like to have employees working around the clock.

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