Diesel Fitter Job and Risk Profile

What does a Diesel Fitter do? 

Diesel fitter job profile

A Diesel Fitter (also known as a Diesel Mechanic or a Diesel Technician) is generally required to inspect, repair and maintain heavy vehicles such as trucks, buses and any other machine that has a diesel engine.

How do you become a Diesel Fitter? 

To be a Diesel Fitter in Queensland you will need to enroll in a Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology through TAFE. A prerequisite of the cert is that you are already a contracted apprentice within the field of automated diesel engine technology and have completed grade 10.

What are common injuries for a Diesel Fitter? 

Diesel fitter common injuries

Risks of the trade range from minor injuries to major workplace injuries if safety measures aren’t followed correctly.

Minor injuries include –

  • skinned or cut hands and knuckles from reaching into tight places
  • burns from working on engine parts while they are hot

Serious injuries include –

  • back injuries from twisting or bending while lifting heavy objects
  • back pain from slouching or stooping over for long periods of time
  • fatigued muscles from reaching to work on vehicles
  • broken hands and feet from dropping heavy parts on them

Long term injuries include –

  • over exposure to diesel fuel is dangerous as fumes can be inhaled or liquid fuel can enter the blood stream by being absorbed through the ski

Working with tools of the trade such as grinders and welding torches also pose hazards if used incorrectly or protective equipment isn’t worn. 

Diesel Fitters score a 3/5 risk rating

How much does a  Diesel Fitter make? 

Per year a fully qualified Diesel Fitter (mechanic or technician) can earn around $65,000 +

What is the career path for a Diesel Fitter?

From starting in an entry level position as apprentice, Diesel Fitters and mechanics can progress into specialization areas such as supervisor roles or a technical specialist.

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Last update on:
May 30, 2018
Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For expert advice call 1800 266 801 or chat via live chat to arrange free initial advice with our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.

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