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Whats the best way to start in the field of Diesel mechanics?

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Dennis’s Answer

Hello Johnathan: Good for you - today, and in the future, there is a shortage of people skilled in engine and vehicle repair. The trucking industry is also needs more drivers. Even with the arrival and development of electrically-powered vehicles, there will be many internal-combustion engines on the road for a long time. Some of the things you need to understand in this business: physics - how the engine parts move relative to each other; lubrication - how bearings and other moving parts work; heat transfer - how the different parts of the engine and the fluids in it are heated or cooled; Electronics - most of the fuel system and exhaust emission controls rely on electronic systems to do the job. So, stay in school and do well in any of these subject areas. Learn to use a computer - most Diesel repair jobs start with reading the "fault" or "trouble" codes generated by the engine control system. You will want to learn how the various parts and systems of the engine interact with each other.
Learn to read schematics and diagrams. Most engine repair manuals are now delivered on pc's and smart phones, so you need to know how to access and use this information.
Learn to be methodical in your work. Maintain a clean workspace and keep your tools clean and organized. Learn to listen carefully to others - your boss or supervisor and co-workers. Learn to ask the right questions. If a customer is telling you what he thinks the problem is, ask "WHEN" does this occur? Or, "When did it first occur?" That often gives a clue to what the problem might be or, at least, where to start looking.
Look for a good vocational training program near you that emphasizes engine/Diesel engine technology. Look for repair shops that offer on-the-job training to new hires.
Good luck to you, Johnathan!

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Shawn’s Answer

Being a mechanical engineer who’s professional focus over 30 years has been related to vehicle design and development, I have worked with many different trades and am continuing to learn more from those in the trades daily. One message I have repeatedly heard and completely understand the why for is: “Diesel mechanics are very unhappy with that field”. I’ll list one significant reason why. Very frequently a diesel mechanic shop seems to be very antiquated- shop floors are not paved, a/c & heat non-existent, etc….

One other factor that really needs to be taken into account is most every engine manufacturer worldwide has cancelled any new internal combustion engine development in the last 10 years. Going forward positions requiring either gasoline or diesel mechanics are going to become more and more difficult to find.

Electrical vehicles of all capacities are going to be where mechanics are needed. Whether the vehicles of the future are in the consumer or professional usage arena, diesel engines are almost certain to be near extinction.
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George M.’s Answer

Go to Wyo Tech in Laramie Wyoming and attend their one year Diesel Mechanic School. My nephew went to Wyo Tech 15 years ago and it has led to wonderful opportunities. It will take the next 30 years to significantly move away from the Internal Combustion Engine, if ever. The things you learn at this school will train you to solve problems that can be used in a wide range of industries. You don't just work on trucks when you are a top trained diesel mechanic. Ships, compressors, trains, drilling rigs, frack fleets, emergency power stations all have diesel engines.
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James’s Answer

If I wanted to be a diesel mechanic first thing I would do would be to try to go to a vocational school that offers a class. If that not possible I would to go to local shops and and for a job as a helper and learn from experiences mechanics.
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