A day in the life of a Diesel Mechanic

By Seth Heiss Feb 14, 2019
Life of a diesel mechanic

At Schneider, there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ for a Diesel Mechanic because each day brings something new. We require our mechanics to be familiar with all parts of a truck, which means their tasks vary on a day-to-day basis.

When I was a diesel technician, one of the things I enjoyed most was all the different areas I worked in at the shop. It kept the work interesting, allowed me to become knowledgeable in a variety of areas and led to endless opportunities.

Being a Diesel Mechanic at Schneider

The work is always different

Our shops are set up to work on all aspects of the truck - bumper to bumper, top to bottom, inside and out, internal engine, after treatment, AC, charging, low power issues, suspension drive line, communication issues… just to name a few. We rarely vend out any problems we come across.

This creates a day full of variety for our mechanics. During one shift, your first task could consist of working on a transmission problem and your next job could be repairing a low engine power issue.

Mechanics receive constant training

Schneider believes in setting up a shop for success. Extensive training allows our mechanics to work on any piece of equipment that could come in so that they do not feel like all they do is preventative maintenance or transmissions every day.

Furthermore, due to Schneider advancing its fleet as technology grows, training is always necessary so mechanics can stay up-to-date on the most productive and efficient ways to fix truck problems. This helps keep our fleet running, with a short turnaround time when a unit comes into the shop.

Learning to work on different engines

Schneider currently has around 12,000 trucks and 40,000 trailers in its fleet. Although we primarily run Detroit, anywhere from a DD15 EPA 10 up to a GHG17, our mechanics also learn about Paccar, Volvo, International and Cummins engines. Schneider offers online training for all these engine types.

We also have seven System Trainers who travel throughout the U.S. to help technicians learn different engines and systems. There are System Engineers located in Green Bay, Wis. who communicate with technicians when they come across problems they can’t solve on their own that need advanced diagnostics

Other roles at the shops

We also have what’s called Champion roles within the shop. These are technicians who have an in-depth knowledge of one specific area. If a technician has a question, they can go to the Champion of this area and ask for help or guidance in diagnostics.

Shop Managers and Shop Floor Leaders also work closely with technicians and have a good understanding of where each technician is mechanically, what jobs they have experience completing and what work can be assigned.

We make sure each technician can complete the work being assigned and make sure they are being challenged.

Room to grow

As a mechanic with Schneider, your opportunities are endless. You are part of a team that wants to see you challenge yourself and succeed.

We hire for a career with Schneider. You are the captain of your own ship and have the opportunity to advance into any position you wish to obtain.

Interested in joining our winning team?

Schneider’s diesel mechanics keep our trucks out on the road. Apply for a job in one of our shops and help keep our trucks moving forward.

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About the Author

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Seth is Schneider’s technical college maintenance recruiter, helping aspiring diesel technicians find a rewarding career with Schneider. He has been with Schneider since June 2008, holding a variety of diesel technician roles including mobile communications platform champion, senior technician, senior lead technician and lead tire specialist.

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