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What are some types of employment for diesel mechanics?

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Diesel mechanics can work as commercial vehicle mechanics, railroad and marine mechanics, fixed diesel engine mechanics and small diesel engine mechanics. Some mechanic jobs may require more experience and specialized knowledge than others.

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What are some types of employment for diesel mechanics?
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Large engine vehicle repair is one of the most common diesel mechanic jobs. Buses, large commercial trucks and construction vehicles fall under this category. Diesel mechanics in this field must be well versed in heavy and large engines and how they operate. Mechanics may be required to travel to job sites or work in a shop depending on the specific job.

Railroad and marine diesel engine mechanics are mainly tasked with on-site maintenance and monitoring of train or vessel engines. Many employers in the cargo vessel industry require their mechanics to have basic sailor training in addition to certification in marine diesel mechanics.

Fixed diesel engine mechanics are mainly tasked with maintaining and repairing fixed diesel engines. These engines supply power to work sites that are not connected to a power grid or provide emergency power. The mechanic may work at multiple locations or full time at a specific work site.

Lastly, diesel engine mechanics mainly work in repair shops, repairing and maintaining diesel-powered equipment and portable generators.

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