Profession diesel engine mechanic

Diesel engine mechanics repair and maintain all types of diesel engines. They use hand tools, precision measuring instruments, and machine tools to diagnose trouble, disassemble engines, and to examine and exchange parts of defect and excessive wear.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Physics

    The natural science involving the study of matter, motion, energy, force and related notions.

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • Health and safety measures in transportation

    The body of rules, procedures and regulations related to health and safety measures intended to prevent accidents or incidents in transportation.

  • Operation of different engines

    Know the characteristics, maintenance requirements and operating procedures of various kinds of engines such as gas, diesel, electrical, and engines with steam propulsion plants.

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

    Understand principles of mechanical engineering, physics, and materials science.

  • Principles of combustion engines

    Basic knowledge and understanding of different types of engines and their construction and performance.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Engine components

    Know the different engine components, and their operation and maintenance. Understand when repairs and replacement should be undertaken.

Skills

  • Adjust tightness of engine parts

    Tighten or unscrew engine parts using hand and power tools; maintenance of tubing, casing and connecting rods.

  • Diagnose defective engines

    Diagnose engine damage or malfunctions by inspecting mechanical equipment; utilise instruments such as chassis charts, pressure gauges, and motor analysers.

  • Evaluate engine performance

    Read and comprehend engineering manuals and publications; test engines in order to evaluate engine performance.

  • Use traditional toolbox tools

    Use tools found in a traditional toolbox, such as hammer, plier, screwdriver, and wrench. Observe safety precautions while operating these instruments.

  • Comply with factory specifications in engine repair

    Ensure that all engine components comply with factory standards and specifications.

  • Re-assemble engines

    Re-assemble transport equipment engines after overhaul, inspection, repair, maintenace or cleaning according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Bolt engine parts

    Securely bolt together engine components manually or using power tools.

  • Comply with legal regulations

    Ensure you are properly informed of the legal regulations that govern a specific activity and adhere to its rules, policies and laws.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Disassemble engines

    Disassemble internal combustion engines, generators, pumps, transmissions and other components of mechanical equipment.

  • Perform manual work autonomously

    Show the ability to pursue basic manual tasks without the help or assistance of others, not needing supervision or guidance, and taking responsibility for one's actions.

  • Repair engines

    Repair identified problems with internal combustion engines, external combustion engines and electrical motors. Replace and fix faulty parts by using hand and machine tools.

Optional knowledge and skills

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