Career Details for Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists

Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists

Also called:

Bus Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Technician, Mechanic

What they do:

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.

On the job, you would:

  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.
  • 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.
  • Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.

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Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • product and service development


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


  • customer service
  • management

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

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Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Hearing and Speech

  • tell the difference between sounds


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software

  • Computerized maintenance management system software CMMS
  • Shop management software

Analytical or scientific software

  • Cummins Insite
  • Engine diagnostic software

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel


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high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED usually needed

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New job opportunities are likely in the future.


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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