Doctors are to people, what diesel mechanics are to the trucking industry. Without diesel mechanics, the trucking industry would come to stand still when problems with big rigs would arise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2020, the employment level for diesel mechanics is expected to increase by 15 percent. Because this is an industry that isn’t going away anytime soon, it’s important that we have quality mechanics out on the floors to keep America moving. To be the best in the diesel mechanic industry, there are few skills and qualities one should possess. They are:
Always Thirsty for More
A true professional is always thirsty to learn more. The best diesel mechanics are always trying to stay ahead of the curve by keeping up with the latest trends, technology, and equipment. Because the field of diesel mechanics is continually changing due to technology improvements and upgrades, it’s vital that mechanics have a willingness to learn new things and tricks of the trade in order to keep up with the equipment they work on.
The job of a diesel mechanic can be a difficult one and the answer to the problem isn’t always clear and it can be easy for a difficult situation to get the best of you. Because of this, it’s important that mechanics are patient when troubleshooting to find what is wrong with the equipment they are working on.
Communication is key for diesel mechanics. You have to be able to clearly articulate what the problem is and what your plan of action is going to be to fix the problem. When you’re communicating the problem with the customer, it’s also important to be respectful and not come off as a know it all. If able, have a couple different solutions to the problem ready just in case they disagree or have a problem with your first solution.
The best diesel mechanics are certified. Being certified shows customers that you have the knowledge and experience needed to work safely and efficiently on, what is most likely, their livelihood. This also helps when they need inspections done by certified testers – helps to make you the one stop shop!
When it comes to being a diesel mechanic, it’s important to stay educated of the industries latest advances, have patience, communicate effectively and be certified to help position you as the best.
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