Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic

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Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic


Transmissions, engines, exhaust systems a commercial transport vehicle mechanic must know them all. Commercial transport vehicle mechanics work on road transport equipment. They enjoy working with their hands and have a wide knowledge of mechanics. These workers maintain, rebuild, overhaul, recondition, troubleshoot and repair commercial truck, bus and road transport equipment.

Physical strength and good manual dexterity are two of the requirements to work in this field. Commercial transport vehicle mechanics work on the mechanical and electrical components of vehicles although some mechanics specialize in one or more of these systems. They must also have the ability to read and interpret manuals quickly and accurately to diagnose problems. Good customer service skills are also essential to workers in this field.
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  Interests and Skills  
Some of the skills that these workers require include physical fitness and strength, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, and good troubleshooting skills. They are interested in problem solving and mechanics. Commercial transport mechanics must have good communication skills to interact with customers. In this ever changing market, experience with computerized electronic management systems and electrical work is helpful. To remain competitive workers need to upgrade their skills to meet the new technologies.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Do routine maintenance on vehicles engine and braking systems
  • Troubleshoot; diagnose problems and repair trucks, buses and transport vehicles as needed
  • Rebuild, overhaul, and recondition vehicles and road transport equipment
  • Read service manuals to determine specifics to fix vehicles
  • Interact with customers to explain the problems and/or procedures required for their vehicle
  • Fill out fault reports and other documentation as required
  • May use computerized electronic management systems
  • Commercial transport mechanics generally work a 40-hour week. They tend to work shift work and many work nights especially when working for fleet maintenance people or emergency repair shops. Working conditions will vary depending on where they are employed. Some shops are large, bright and well ventilated, while other shops may be less well equipped. Garages can be cold and drafty and all workers will likely be exposed to noise, vibration, fumes and vehicle emissions.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Commercial transport mechanics are employed by commercial transport companies and private companies. Some workers with enough experience and skills may also be self-employed.

  Long Term Career Potential  
There is room for advancement within this field. Some commercial transport mechanics may decide to work in other countries, as this job is a transferable trade needed anywhere there is commercial transport. They may also decide to become an instructor in the college system or become a shop owner themselves.

  Educational Paths  
Commercial transport vehicle mechanics receive their training either through informal, on-the-job training or through an apprenticeship program. Trade certification can be obtained either through an apprenticeship program or after several years of work experience. While trade certification is not mandatory to become a transport vehicle mechanic, it can be a requirement for many employers and can also help secure employment.

Apprenticeship programs involve a combination of on-the-job training with classroom instruction. A pre-apprenticeship course may also be available which takes about five to six months to complete at a community college and is designed to help you get connected with a good company to apprentice with. It is important to apprentice with a reputable company as that is your education. While some apprenticeship programs may not require a high school diploma, it is important to note that employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates.

Apprenticeships can vary, however a typical apprenticeship lasts four to five years. The apprenticeship is a paid position, however wages are about 50 percent of what an employer pays the journeyperson, with yearly increases. After successfully completing the apprenticeship requirements, their industry training and apprenticeship office awards the transport vehicle mechanic a certificate of completion.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002,

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