Diesel Mechanics

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Diesel Mechanics

Diesel Mechanics - Overview

Heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain equipment such as graders, backhoes, and loading shovels.

Heavy equipment mechanics repair machines used in industrial work such as:

  • Construction
  • Logging

Mechanics maintain equipment so that it operates properly and safely. They examine equipment that breaks down for defects. They use hand-held computers to diagnose components that need repair. They may take the equipment apart to inspect or repair various parts. Sometimes they use jacks or hoists to lift or move large parts.

Heavy equipment mechanics check parts for damage using gauges and meters. They may clean parts by spraying them with or soaking them in solvent. They grease and oil parts that need it.

Mechanics repair or replace damaged or worn parts. They use hand tools to remove the parts and machine tools to repair some parts. They use welding equipment to weld broken frames or parts. They reassemble repaired equipment and test it for performance and safety.

Heavy equipment mechanics who work in large repair shops perform complex repairs. They may rebuild engines, fix electrical problems, or repair hydraulic pumps. They often specialize in one or two types of work, including:

  • Major engine repair
  • Transmission work
  • Electrical systems
  • Brake systems
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.