A heavy diesel technician plays a crucial role in maintaining the operational integrity of our trucks and vans while out on the road. Your expert technicians understand the ins and outs of trucks and vans, and are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of safety for drivers while ensuring uninterrupted operations for the business relying on these vehicles.

Though each day in the life of a diesel technician presents unique challenges, there are common consistencies day in, day out. In this blog, we want to take you through a typical ‘day in the life’ of a heavy diesel technician.


In the daily routine of a heavy diesel mechanic, several core responsibilities take place:

  • Reviewing repair orders: The day kicks off reviewing repair orders, along with discussions with management to gain a clear understanding of the tasks at hand.
  • Adaptation to vehicle needs: The tasks performed by a diesel technician vary greatly depending on the vehicle. Remember, every vehicle is unique, operating in different conditions. Heavy diesel technicians are adept at addressing a wide spectrum of needs, spanning routine maintenance to comprehensive diesel engine overhauls.

While the specific responsibilities of a heavy diesel technician vary from company to company, the following duties are universally recognised as integral to the role:

  • Review of repair orders: Starting the day by reviewing repair orders.
  • Precision and efficiency: Executing all tasks with precision and efficiency, aligning with workshop standards.
  • Diagnostic expertise: Proficiently diagnosing and resolving mechanical issues.
  • Parts coordination: Coordinating with CLA Truck Parts to acquire necessary parts components for repairs.
  • Recommendation and communication: Collaborating with other technicians and team members, providing insights and recommendations where adjustments to a repair order are necessary.
  • Documentation and quality assurance: Documenting repairs on the repair order and conducting road tests to ensure optimal quality.
  • Technical knowledge: Maintaining a current understanding of technical requirements.
  • Customer truck care: Ensuring the cleanliness and condition of the customer’s truck.
  • Workplace organisation: Upholding a well-organised and tidy work area.
  • Tool accountability: Taking responsibility for all workshop tools.
  • Flexibility and adaptation: Displaying flexibility in the face of changing circumstances, including emergencies, personnel alterations, workload shifts, urgent jobs, or technological advancements.

Each day presents a unique set of challenges, all geared towards the ultimate objective of assisting customers and ensuring that trucks are back on the road in a prompt and timely manner.

The rewards of being a diesel mechanic

Becoming a diesel technician isn’t just a job; it’s a job filled with unique rewards:

  • Diverse workdays: Every day is different, offering new set of challenges, allowing our technicians to apply their skills and make their mark in the industry.
  • Contributing to the supply chain: Our mechanics play a pivotal role in keeping the nation’s supply chain operational. They contribute to road safety by ensuring all truck, van and trailer components function flawlessly, benefiting both commerce and the safety of drivers.

When you see a truck on the freeway, it’s easy to forget the care and hard work that goes into keeping it running smoothly. At Truckfix WA, every day is different, and that’s why we love what we do.

Don’t forget, we’re here to help you along the way. At Truckfix WA we specialise in servicing European and Japanese heavy vehicles. Specifically specialising in truck service and repairs across makes such as Iveco trucksDAF trucksVolvo trucksFuso trucksIsuzu trucksUD trucks and Hino trucks, and many more.

Get in contact with Perth’s European and Japanese truck engine rebuild and reconditioning specialists today!

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