The Basic Responsibilities Of A Fleet Mechanic In The Trucking Industry

If you have some experience in the shipping industry and hold qualifications as a semi-truck or diesel mechanic, finding a position as a fleet mechanic for a trucking company is an ideal job opportunity. Whether you are just getting your footing in fleet mechanics or you are a student looking to gather necessary skills to get to this position, it is a good idea to take a look at the basic skills that a fleet mechanic has on the job. Doing so will give you a better idea of the direction you need to take in order to obtain the most desirable fleet jobs available. 

General Fleet Maintenance

From oil changes to wheel alignments, and everything in between, a fleet mechanic will be expected to handle all of the general maintenance tasks that are required to keep all of the vehicles of the business in good shape. This can include keeping detailed log books that record when specific maintenance tasks were accomplished to maintain a stable schedule. Even if you do not handle all of the general mechanical maintenance tasks on your own, you will be required to oversee the work and make sure it is accomplished according to a strict schedule. 

Hydraulic Systems Maintenance

In order to be a qualified mechanic on large vehicles, hydraulics and hydraulic maintenance will be one of your top skills on the job. From hydraulic brake systems to supports, you will be in charge of maintaining and repairing these hydraulic components of the fleet. Therefore, possessing skills in diesel engines will not be the only important skill to possess; you must receive adequate training in hydraulic mechanisms and machinery as well. 

Heating and Cooling Repairs 

The heating and cooling units in large trucks and semis are quite different from those in the average vehicle, both in size and in operational function. As a fleet mechanic for a trucking company, you will be expected to make general repairs to the heating and cooling systems of the trucks in service so the drivers can stay comfortable on the job. This will include everything from new unit motor installation to adding coolant when necessary. 

While the fleet mechanic position can vary depending on the industry, in the trucking business, you should expect to be responsible for not just these aspects of mechanics, but several others as well. For more information about what you need to do in order to get on the right path as a fleet mechanic, talk to a hiring manager at a trucking company of your choice.