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A Diesel Electrician maintains the electrical systems used by diesel-electric vehicles. Just as love “makes the world go ’round,” electricity powers everything from clocks to cell phones to computers. But what powers electricity? For diesel-electric vehicles like certain cars, ships, submarines, trucks, and buses, it’s the Diesel Electrician.
The most common type of diesel-electric vehicle, however, is the train. As a Diesel Electrician, therefore, you’re most often hired by railroad companies to troubleshoot the electrical systems on diesel-electric locomotives. These trains run on a diesel-powered electric generator whose output provides power to the motors that move their wheels.
Although you don’t work on the engine — that’s the responsibility of a Diesel Mechanic — you work on all the various electrical parts that are connected to it, such as the alternator, rectifier, and inverter. Because a train without power is like a car without gas, you make sure all those parts are in tip-top shape by inspecting, repairing, replacing, and maintaining them.
Like other Electricians who work in the transportation industry — for instance, Aviation Electricians and Marine Electricians — you’re basically the electrical equivalent of a Neurosurgeon, paid to operate on a vehicle’s brain when its circuits are fried!