Becoming a Diesel Fitting Apprentice means you will be trained to service and maintain diesel machinery, plant equipment and heavy vehicles. This often involves diagnosing issues with parts and systems that require a part to be re-crafted to “fit” the repair.
Diesel Fitters will often work alongside or in a similar capacity as a Heavy Vehicle Mechanics. They are specialists in diesel engines and the connected systems, whereas a mechanic might also carry out work on the outer areas of the vehicles, such as the electrical or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Depending on their training, Diesel Fitters tend to specialise in types of machinery, plant equipment or engine types particular to their industry. This could be the machinery and plant equipment essential to open-cut-mining, or machinery and engines used in heavy agriculture industries.
A day on the job in Diesel fitting
- Use diagnostic equipment such as computers to detect faults
- Maintain engine cooling systems and induction/exhaust systems
- Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
- Test compression ignition fuel systems and tune diesel engines
- Maintain fluid power systems for mobile plant machinery
- Dismantle, clean and assess parts as part of an engine bottom-end overhaul
This trade requires a four-year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.