Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Repair and maintain big tools like backhoes, fire trucks, and cranes.
Cars, trucks, trains, planes, and boats—there are dozens of ways to cross the town or the country. Buses are another mode of transportation that people use to move bands, football teams, citizens, and schoolchildren every day. Because these monster rigs receive so much wear and tear, Bus Mechanics are there to make sure they’re up and running when the need arises.
As a Bus Mechanic, you might own your own Mechanic ’s shop or you might be employed by a bus company. Either way, the tools you use aren’t found in any household garage. Your mammoth socket set and wrenches are put to good use every time a School Bus Driver reports a knocking sound in the engine or a City Bus Driver finds herself with no air conditioning.
Your Bus Mechanic duties might mean being on call in case of an emergency. After all, buses carry, well, a busload of people. Leaving them stranded roadside just won’t do. Of course, everyone would like to avoid that situation, so maintenance is a huge part of your job.
To make sure the buses in your fleet stay in tip-top condition, you perform oil, transmission, and drive train fluid changes. You also frequently check belts and hoses for cracks or wear.
Keeping records helps you identify when service is needed on each rig. That way, the spark plugs spark and the fuel pump pumps. These are good things when riders need to get from here to there without incident.