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Job description

These heavy vehicle motor mechanics test, diagnose, repair and maintain diesel motors and the mechanical parts of the heavy vehicles. Vehicles worked upon can include trucks, buses, plant equipment, tractors and also stationary engines such as generators, pumps and drilling rigs. They may need to work with a variety of welding and processing tools.

Heavy vehicle motor mechanics normally work 38 hours per week. If they work on a Fly-In/Fly-Out basis, they generally work longer hours or shift work. Their work environment tends to be dirty and noisy. They may also be required to travel to the country if they work on plant or agricultural machinery. They usually wear a uniform and may need to wear special safety clothing. They need to be safety conscious when dealing with chemicals and specialized equipment.

Job Titles

  • Agricultural Machinery Mechanic
  • Earth Moving Mechanic
  • Engineering Tradesperson (Heavy Vehicle Mechanic)
  • Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment Mechanic
  • Heavy Vehicle Motor Mechanic
  • Vehicle Road Transport Mechanic
  • Mechanic – Heavy Vehicle
  • Truck Mechanic

Skills Required

  • To enjoy manual and practical activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination and ability to complete precise and detailed work
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • To be good at mathematics
  • To be free from allergies to grease, oil or petrol
  • To be physically fit


  • Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
  • Comply with safety and EPA procedures.
  • Perform basic preventive maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.

Pay Scale

The pay package of a diesel mechanic is in the range of AUD$31,127 – AUD$101,457 and the median pay being AUD$54,171.