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Bus and Truck Mechanics
(SOC Code : 49-3031)
in California

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul trucks, buses, and all types of diesel engines. Include mechanics working primarily with automobile diesel engines.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with Post secondary vocational training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20211st Qtr$29.93$22.80$29.07$36.30

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 202824,60026,5001,9007.725,520

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 33,87114.1%
General Freight Trucking 3,7809.6%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting10,5325.5%
Motor Vehicle/Part Merchant Wholesalers 2,7005.2%
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing 3,7824.9%
Waste Management and Remediation Service2,4734.5%
Specialized Freight Trucking 11,0044.4%
Automobile Dealers 8,7903.4%
Commercial Machinery Repair/Maintenance 2,3112.4%
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 9982.3%
Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers 7,2062.0%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 15,9851.3%
Utility System Construction 1,3881.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.
Use handtools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, and precision instruments, as well as power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, and jacks and hoists.
Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment.
Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices.
Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery.
Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly.
Raise trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists.
Attach test instruments to equipment, and read dials and gauges to diagnose malfunctions.
Rebuild gas or diesel engines.
Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Alternate Titles
Diesel Mechanics; Farm Equipment Engine Mechanics; Fleet Mechanics; Medium and Heavy Truck Mechanics; Tractor Trailer Mechanics
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