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Diesel Mechanics - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, heavy equipment mechanics:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They communicate with others while they are working to ensure safety.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.
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  • Usually speak to others via face-to-face discussions, telephone, and e-mail.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team of mechanics.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are often exposed to whole body vibration.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment, situations, and conditions.
  • Sometimes work outdoors at the work site, and sometimes work indoors in the repair shop.
  • Sometimes stand or lie in awkward positions to repair equipment. Occasionally must climb to high places to reach parts of equipment.
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  • Often work in areas that may be hot or cold, depending on the weather.
  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
  • Work inside various types of vehicles and equipment while repairing them.
  • Must work in a variety of lighting conditions, from dim to bright.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could seriously endanger their own safety or the safety of workers who operate the equipment.
  • Sometimes repeat the same physical and mental tasks.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
  • Often make decisions that impact their employer or their customers without consulting another first.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week.
  • May travel many miles from the repair shop to reach equipment needing repair.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.