A common method of shipping goods is via trucks, and the companies that operate fleets of large trucks need mechanics to keep them on the road. An apprentice diesel mechanic holds an entry-level position on the teams that repair and maintain tractor trailers and shipping trucks. The apprentice typically works under the supervision of service managers and master mechanics in performing his or her duties.
An apprentice diesel mechanic works to repair and maintain all systems on diesel engine trucks. This may involve engine work, the braking system, the transmission, and even electronic systems. The apprentice works with one or more master mechanics to help diagnose problems reported by drivers using computerized equipment and then helps to implement all necessary repairs. The apprentice is expected to execute these diagnostics and repairs in a timely and accurate manner. They should also expect the master to closely supervise much of their work as an apprentice.
Many people who work as apprentice diesel mechanics prepare for this career by completing some sort of technical school or vocational training; this training may be sponsored by the employing cargo-carrying company or its fleet services. Apprentices typically work two years at this designation before attempting certification as a journeyman or master mechanic. Apprentice diesel mechanics' shifts may vary depending on their employers' needs, and they generally work in a mechanical shop environment.
Apprentice, Diesel Mechanic Tasks
Diagnose and troubleshoot mechanical problems, recording data.
Prepare workspaces and arrange equipment for use.
Assist with inspection, repair, and maintenance of diesel engines and associated machinery.
Complete scheduled maintenance like cleaning, fueling, oil changes, and part replacement.