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What does a Truck Mechanic do?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 16 June 2018
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Truck mechanics are automotive professionals who are responsible for the repair and maintenance of trucks of all sizes. In order to perform these functions, the typical truck mechanic attends a truck mechanic school or other educational facility, earning a certificate of completion once the coursework is successfully completed. In addition, many mechanics of this type also continue their education by taking courses that focus on specific engines or other aspects of truck repair, obtaining additional certificates as they complete the programs.

There are a number of attributes that an individual must possess in order to be a successful truck mechanic. An attention to detail is extremely important, since determining the origin of some sort of mechanical or structural failure may depend on observing small and seemingly inconsequential aspects of the truck or engine. The ability to read and assimilate information easily is also crucial to many truck mechanic jobs, especially in terms of learning about new types of repair equipment or engine designs. Understanding how to properly operate all sorts of tools, diagnostic machinery, and other repair equipment is also key to earning a living as a truck service technician or mechanic.

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One characteristic of the successful truck mechanic that is often overlooked is the ability to relate well to customers. This is particularly important if the mechanic works in a position where he or she interacts with the general public regularly. Possessing excellent communication skills and having a strong customer service ethic often makes it easier for the mechanic to elicit information from the customer that may be helpful in troubleshooting a problem, as well as in communicating the nature of the malfunction in a way that the customer can understand.

It is not unusual for a truck mechanic to specialize in a particular aspect of truck repair and maintenance. Some mechanics focus their attention on diesel trucks. Others may prefer to build a career on providing maintenance and repair to big rigs, while others may prefer to specialize in the repair of pickup trucks. Certification programs with these and other areas of specialization are often earned at local vocational schools, although an increasing number of certified programs related to truck repair operate online.

While many types of work are shrinking in demand, that is not the case for the truck mechanic. Truck mechanic jobs range from permanent employment with transportation companies to work with government owned fleets of trucks to work in an auto and truck repair service center. A proficient truck mechanic also has the option of opening his or her own business in the event that employment opportunities are currently slim in the local area.

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