What’s it like to be a Diesel Mechanic in heavy haulage?

What’s it like to be a Diesel Mechanic in heavy haulage?

If you’re interested in a career working with state of the art prime movers, earthmoving equipment and other heavy diesel motors, maybe you should consider being a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic or Diesel Mechanic.

As a Diesel Mechanic, you could work on all kinds of diesel engines from earthmoving equipment like dozers, loaders and excavators to trucks and buses, boats, agricultural machinery, cranes and even stationary engines like pumps, generators, compressors and drilling rigs.

What does a heavy vehicle mechanic do?

Whether you work in a heavy haulage company, a diesel repair shop or you maintain mining equipment, the work of a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic would generally include:

  • Checking systems
  • Replacing engines
  • Servicing vehicles
  • Maintaining records
  • Diagnosing electrical and mechanical faults
  • Overhauling & repairing engines
  • Tuning, maintaining and testing engines
  • Maintaining and repairing hydraulic components
  • Welding and machining parts

What does it take to be a good Heavy Vehicle Mechanic?

A Heavy Vehicle Diesel Mechanic is not the job for you if you don’t like to get your hands dirty. In fact, you’re likely to be up to your elbows in oil and grease a lot of the time. But if you like the outdoors and you’re a born problem solver who also loves a challenge, this could be just the job for you.

You could be a great heavy haulage Diesel Mechanic if this sounds like you:

  • Practical thinker
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Physically fit
  • Good at maths
  •  Understanding of IT
  • Technical mind

Since diesel systems have their own types of brake systems, transmissions and electronic componentry, a Diesel Mechanic is a specialist trade. Starting your career as a heavy vehicle diesel mechanic would generally involve completing the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology and entering into an apprenticeship. From there, as you gain experience you can specialise as a Diesel Mechanic.

Working as a Diesel Mechanic in heavy haulage

A job as a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic working in the heavy haulage industry can give you the best of all worlds; not only will you be working on modern prime movers, you’ll also have exposure to plenty of other diesel machines that often need to be dissembled and reassembled for transportation. Plus, as you can see in the clip below, there’s a fleet of Pilot vehicles that need to be maintained and serviced too.

National Heavy Haulage maintains a specialist fleet of prime movers and trailers that can be configured to take almost anything, anywhere. Most of the time, we’re transporting oversize loads like earthmoving and mining equipment that require specialist logistic expertise to move around safely.

There are lots of great things about heavy haulage jobs and loads of different career opportunities, from trades like a Diesel Mechanic, to administration, truck driver, trailermen and sales. Our people are some of the most experienced in their fields and we’re happy to train people motivated to be the best of the best.

Take a look at our YouTube channel to see the kind of work we do. If that gets you excited, contact us to hear about new positions and submit your resume.

If the role of Diesel Mechanic is not for you, check out our other informational articles on the different types of careers one could have in heavy haulage: forklift operatoroperations managerheavy haulage truck driver. With many new careers being added.

As always, if we have a job available it will be listed on the careers page or check the normal job boards. This is not a job listing, but information on the types of careers one could have in heavy haulage.



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