Diesel mechanic helpers typically work in shops surrounded by heavy equipment, chemicals, solvents, dust, and fumes, and assist mechanics in performing maintenance and repairs on vehicles and equipment. This includes checking tire alignment, performing tune-ups, replacing shock absorbers and spark plugs, adjusting clutches, and checking and balancing wheels. Some electrical work, like repairing lights, generators, and starters, as well as installing batteries, is also necessary. These assistants should occasionally expect to work in extreme heat or cold, as well as wear respirators. As assistants, they may occasionally be asked to clean up the shop and perform yard-work like mowing and picking up garbage.
Background checks (including drug testing), a valid driver's license, and at least one year of vocational training in automotive mechanics are generally required for this position, though some employes will accept the equivalent of experience and/or training, and some may only require a high school diploma. Candidates must be able to lift heavy objects up to 75 pounds, know how to handle basic power and hand tools, and have a high level of safety knowledge in order to keep themselves and all co-workers out of harm's way. Most diesel mechanic helpers have a set schedule; however, the flexibility to work some nights, weekends, or holidays, as well as overtime, is often held in high regard by employers.
Diesel Mechanic Helper Tasks
Document maintenance and repair schedules.
Inspect, repair, and ensure vehicles are safe to operate.
Clean, wash, fuel, and conduct preventative maintenance on diesel vehicles.
Update inventory and inspect tools to ensure readiness.