Truck and Transport Mechanic

Truck and Transport Mechanics maintain and inspect motorized trucks, buses and road transport vehicles.

What do Truck and Transport Mechanics do?

  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of commercial transport truck systems including; chassis, frame, cab, body, engine and drive train, fuel, air brakes, steering, hydraulic, electrical and electronic systems.
  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of truck trailer systems including structural, brakes and electrical system.

Key attributes for people entering this trade are mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, good hand-eye coordination, strength, stamina and agility. They must also have a good understanding of computerized machinery, good problem-solving and analytical skills, and the ability to read and understand service manuals. Good communication skills and patience are also important. Other assets are good vision, hearing and sense of smell to diagnose problems.

With experience, truck and transport mechanics act as mentors and trainers to apprentices in the trade. They may also advance to supervisory, service manager and training positions.

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