CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines. Use handtools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, and precision instruments, as well as power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, and jacks and hoists.
 
Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.
 
Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery.
 
Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.
 
Raise trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists.
 
Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.
 
Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, and pressure gauges.
 
Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.
 
Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.
 
Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems.
 
Attach test instruments to equipment, and read dials and gauges to diagnose malfunctions.
 
Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels.
 
Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves.
 
Repair and adjust seats, doors, and windows, and install and repair accessories.
 
Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery such as pumps and compressors.
 
Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units.
 
Rebuild gas or diesel engines.
 
Align front ends and suspension systems.
 
Operate valve-grinding machines to grind and reset valves.
 
Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Shop management software Facilities management software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Acetylene torches Blow torches
 
Adjustable crescent wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Arc welders Welders
 
Ball peen hammers Hammers
 
Battery chargers Battery chargers
 
Bearing heating ovens Induction heaters
 
Blast cleaning cabinets Pneumatic sanding machines
 
Bleeder wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Blow guns Compressed air gun
 
Bore gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Boring bars Boring tools
 
Boring tools Boring tools
 
Box end wrenches Box end wrenches
 
Brake shoe adjusting tools Brake repair kits
 
Brass drifts Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Brass hammers Hammers
 
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Chain slings Slings
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Cold chisels Cold chisels
 
Combination wrenches Combination wrenches
 
Cross peen hammers Hammers
 
Cutting torches Blow torches
 
Decelerometers Speed sensors
 
Depth gauges Depth gauges
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Detroit diesel electronic control DDEC readers Portable data input terminals
 
Diagonal cutting pliers Diagonal cut pliers
 
Dial calipers Calipers
 
Dial gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Drill machines Power drills
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Dynanometers Dynamometers
 
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
 
Files Files
 
Flare nut wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Flash card readers Portable data input terminals
 
Forklifts Forklifts
 
Fuel pump test stands Engine or component test stands
 
Gas welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Governor test stands Engine or component test stands
 
Grinding machines Power grinders
 
Hacksaws Saws
 
Handheld diagnostic computers Portable data input terminals
 
Hearing protectors Ear plugs
 
Hex keys Hex keys
 
Hoists Hoists
 
Hones Drill bits
 
Hydraulic pumps Hydraulic pumps
 
Hydraulic rams Hydraulic pumps
 
Impact wrenches Impact wrenches
 
Injector pop testers Pressure sensors
 
Inside calipers Calipers
 
Jacks Jacks
 
Lathes Lathes
 
Locking pliers Locking pliers
 
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Milling machines Milling machines
 
Multimeters Multimeters
 
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
 
Open end wrenches Open end wrenches
 
Outside calipers Calipers
 
Paint spray guns Paint sprayers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pneumatic wrenches Pneumatic impact wrenches
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Power grinders Power grinders
 
Power sanders Power sanders
 
Power saws Power saws
 
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
 
Pry bars Pry bars
 
Pump wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Punch presses Workshop presses
 
Punch sets Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Punches Stamping dies or punches
 
Putty knives Putty knives
 
Rat tail files Files
 
Ratchets Ratchets
 
Reamers Reamers
 
Riveting tools Rivet tools
 
Safety glasses Safety glasses
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Shears Shears
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Slip joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
 
Slug wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Snap gauges Thickness measuring devices
 
Snap ring pliers Retaining ring pliers
 
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Spark plug gapping tools Feeler gauges
 
Spark plug sockets Sockets
 
Steam cleaning equipment Pressure or steam cleaners
 
Tachometers Tachometers
 
Tape measures Tape measures
 
Test lights Circuit tester
 
Tire pressure gauges Pressure indicators
 
Torque wrenches Torque wrenches
 
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Vacuum pumps Vacuum pumps
 
Valve seat grinders Resurfacers
 
Vise grip pliers Locking pliers
 
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
 
Water pump pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Welding equipment Welding tools
 
Welding hoods Welding masks
 
Wheel balancers Wheel balancing equipment
 
Wire crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
 
Wire cutting tools Wire cutters
 
Wire strippers Stripping tools
 
Workshop cranes Workshop cranes
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Biodiesel Engine Specialist
Boat Diesel Motor Mechanic
Boat Engine Mechanic
Boat Engines Installer
Boat Mechanic
Bus Mechanic
Bus or Truck Garage Mechanic
Certified Mechanic
Deep Submergence Vehicle Crewmember
Diesel Engine Erector
Diesel Engine Fitter
Diesel Engine Mechanic
Diesel Machinist
Diesel Mechanic
Diesel Mechanic Apprentice
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Diesel Service Technician
Diesel Technician
Diesel Tractor Engine Mechanic
Engine Maintenance Mechanic
Engine Mechanic
Farm Equipment Engine Mechanic
Farm Implement Engine Mechanic
Farm Machinery Engine Mechanic
Fleet Mechanic
Fleet Service Manager
Garage Mechanic
General Repair Mechanic
Heavy Duty Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Engine Mechanic
Heavy Repairer
Heavy Truck Mechanic
Industrial Truck Mechanic
Journeyman Bus Mechanic
Locomotive Mechanic
Maintenance Mechanic
Marine Diesel Mechanic
Marine Diesel Technician
Marine Engine Machinist
Marine Engine Machinist Apprentice
Marine Engine Mechanic
Mechanic
Medium/Heavy Truck Mechanic
Motor Mechanic
Oil Field Equipment Mechanic
Ordnance Truck Installation Mechanic
Overhauler, Bus, Truck
School Bus Mechanic
Service Technician
Tank Truck Engine Mechanic
Tractor Expert
Tractor Mechanic
Tractor Mechanic Apprentice
Tractor Trailer Mechanic
Trailer Mechanic
Transit Mechanic
Transportation Mechanic
Truck Bench Mechanic
Truck Engine Technician
Truck Mechanic
Truck Mechanic Apprentice
Truck Trailer Mechanic
Truck, Railroad, and Bus Engine Mechanic
Truck, Railroad, and Bus Motor Mechanic
Truck, Railroad, and Bus Transmission Mechanic
Truck, Railroad, and Bus Tune Up Mechanic
Vehicle Mechanic
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
 
 
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