Trained and qualified mechanics inspect, test, diagnose and repair truck and truck tractor engines and other key operating systems such as power trains, transmissions, suspension and braking systems and fuel and electrical systems. Today’s trucks are more complex and sophisticated than ever before. State-of-the-art trucks have complex electronic and digital systems, allowing certified technicians to diagnose and troubleshoot equipment problems using computerized diagnostic tools.
Truck Mechanics must be good communicators to try and make initial diagnoses of problems based on complaints received from drivers. While they often work independently to complete their tasks, they are also part of a larger maintenance team that works together to keep trucks working efficiently and safely. Safe repairs rely on great attention to detail and dedication to making high-quality repairs.
Being a Truck Mechanic is physically demanding. Mechanics use their body strength and flexibility to perform their work and spend most of their days on their feet, climbing onto ladders and equipment while servicing the trailers.