All companies which rely heavily on vehicles for deliveries, repair calls, and transportation services employ fleet mechanics. These mechanics are responsible for ensuring that delivery/repair trucks, taxis, patrol cars, and similar vehicles are kept in safe working condition for their drivers. They also perform regular repair work on these vehicles as needed to return non-functioning vehicles to service as quickly as possible.
A fleet mechanic's primary responsibility is the maintenance and preventive care of his/her employer's fleet of vehicles. They typically help keep logs of all maintenance services for each car/truck, including tracking mileage and recommending service work. As each vehicle passes these thresholds for necessary service, the fleet mechanics perform routine duties such as changing out oil and filters, adjusting timing, and checking brake wear-and-tear.
Fleet mechanics also respond to non-routine maintenance and perform repairs on vehicles in the fleet as needed. They may log any problems noted by drivers, including warning lights or gauges operating outside acceptable levels, and then diagnose their causes, acquire necessary replacement parts, and perform all repairs and reassembly as needed. All repairs, like routine maintenance, are logged by fleet mechanics so the fleet manager can determine which vehicles may be becoming more difficult to maintain.
Candidates for this position should have some post-secondary school training from a technical school or accredited vocational school. Fleet mechanics usually work with the same high-tech computerized diagnostics equipment as regular mechanics do for modern vehicles, and should be comfortable with using the latest technology in day-to-day job operations. Most fleet mechanics work in morning-to-evening shifts during the week in commercial garage and repair shop environments.
Fleet Mechanic Tasks
Perform basic preventative maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.
Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
Comply with safety and EPA procedures.