Heavy Diesel Mechanic

Job Description

Heavy Diesel Mechanics differ from Diesel Mechanics in that they specialise in working with heavy vehicles and machinery. This may include buses, boats, trucks and heavy mining machinery. Heavy Diesel Mechanics carry out a range of tasks, from routine servicing to complete rebuilds. They may be employed in a variety of industries, including transport, freight, manufacturing and government.

Careers Ladder


Shift work is more common of this career dependent on your choice of insdustry. For example, in mining a 7 days or nights, 12 hour roster with a 5-7 day break in between.


Consider enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship course, such as the Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516). When looking to start your apprenticeship, an Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer.

While completing your apprenticeship, there are a number of formal training options to supplement your on-the-job training.

  • The Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31116) has a particular focus on heavy vehicles.
  • Working at heights certificate
  • WHS Safety Certifications


  • Self-Motivated
  • Autonomy
  • Patient
  • Ambitious
  • Cooperative
  • Devoted
  • Diligent
  • Focused
  • Resourceful
  • Responsible
  • Technological
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Forklift
  • Team Work
  • Communication Skills
  • Diagnostics
  • Heavy Rigid Licence
  • Sign in
  • Mobile Plant
  • Heavy Vehicle
  • Hydraulics
  • Engines
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Problem Solving skills
  • Being safety-oriented
  • Being present, on-time and well-rested before starting your shift
  • Learning new technology
  • Using quality tooling

Future Prospects

Automotive master mechanics diagnose and repair virtually every part of a vehicle. There are many fields that a Heavy Diesel Mechanic can move onto;

  • Supervisors
  • General Managers
  • Specialist fields such as, transmission systems.
  • Farm equipment mechanics operate on industrial farm machines such as harvesters, irrigation systems, and tractors.

A heavy equipment mechanic may also pursue a career in motorboat mechanics or may focus in electric motor repairs. This involves the installation and maintenance of electric motors, wiring, and switches.