54 Heavy Truck Maintenance / LKW-Technik
Heavy Truck Technology could be for you if you like:
Things that move
Working as a team
More about this skill:
The modern Truck Technician is likely to be employed in a workshop that is closely associated with one major manufacturer of trucks. Their expertise may be greatest with that manufacturer’s vehicles; however, depending on the situation and range of services offered by the workshop, they may also handle other manufacturers’ vehicles. Truck Technicians also work in garages and workshops that are not associated with particular manufacturers. Where this is the case they may experience a wider range of truck vehicles and use alternative equipment, parts and materials.
The trained and competent Truck Technician will service and repair a range of trucks. For diagnosis, repair and replacement, depending on the nature of the workshop, they may use the manufacturers’ equipment, parts, materials and procedures. Therefore, according to a workshop’s relationship with manufacturers, the Technician’s experience may be deep or broad, or both. In every garage and workshop the success is measured in time, correct fault finding and repair, and repeat business.
Most garages and workshops are businesses or cost centres that work to tight financial parameters. The production and maintenance sector for trucks is volatile, being dependent on the wider economy and heavily affected by technological advances and environmental concerns. The highly skilled Truck Technician keeps abreast of continuous changes in the sector, whether these are to do with performance, safety or green energy sources. They will deeply understand vehicles’ electrical and electronic systems and their integration; have physical stamina, coordination and kinaesthetic skills, and be versatile. They will be assigned the more complex diagnostic tasks, the most advanced vehicles, and those incorporating the latest technologies. This person may rapidly progress to more senior roles as trainer, supervisor, planner and/or manager.