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Diesel mechanics usual working environment is indoors with ample lighting and ventilation. However, mechanics could be required to travel to a jobsite or to a roadside to complete vehicle repairs. While working, a diesel mechanic could expect to lift a variety of weights and make repairs while in a number of awkward positions.

Mechanics work both independently and in a group setting. Itís not uncommon for mechanics to work as a team to ensure safety when lifting heavy parts. Working as a team is required on a number of projects and it often depends on the nature and complexity of the job. Some of the more complex jobs that require mechanics to work as a team could include disassembly of a vehicle or removal of an engine. These group efforts prevent workers from suffering severe or life threatening injury. To ensure safety is not the only time that diesel mechanics will work as a team. Often after entering the work force, graduates do spend time working as an apprentice or they will go through some form of training to more properly train them on the jobsite.

A typical work schedule for diesel mechanics involves a 40 hour work week with the possible need for overtime. However, most repair places are extending their work hours to meet their customersí needs and could have a variety of shifts available for its employees to fill. Diesel Mechanics are also capable of opening their own business or working independently. These entrepreneurs are able to make their own schedule and work as little or as much as they want to meet their needs.

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