Diesel Mechanic Jobs

Thinking about diesel mechanic jobs in Australia? Or maybe you are after a bus mechanic job?

Maybe you’re a skilled diesel mechanic that knows you need a change at work, but you’re not quite sure what the next step is?

No matter where you’re coming from, Techs On The Move might be exactly what you’re looking for. We are not a recruitment agency, but we do specialise in helping tradespeople in the automotive industry get into jobs that can really help them expand their careers and reach their goals. Sounds like some dodgy life coaching service, right? It’s not – we simply help truck and bus technicians identify what opportunities they are looking for to succeed and put them in touch with the right companies to make that happen.

Let’s have a look at what this means to get us started.

You have to love the job, not just the trade.

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Is the trade not the job? Yes and no, but there’s some important distinctions to be made.

In our minds, ‘the trade’ is the technical facets of the work a truck or bus mechanic does. This could be the mechanical basics or the diagnostic stuff done by those with a bit more advanced skills, but either way it’s the raw work of servicing and repairing that gets vehicles in and out of the workshop and customers back on the road.

‘The job’, however, is a fair bit more complicated than this. The job encompasses the harder tasks of working with others in the workshop and beyond, managing relationships to make sure that everyone is pulling together; it’s the extra things away from the tools that a great technician does that sets them apart and makes them an industry pro.

Our clients across Australia need technicians that have sound trade skills of course, which should go without saying. What is always harder to find though is truck and bus technicians that have realised that technical competence is not the only thing that matters, and instead are trying hard to be better leaders for other techs, or to communicate with customers more clearly, or work more closely with service advisors to get great business results.

Not only are these technicians more highly valued in the workshop, they also tend to be happier on the job. The show up to work more driven and focused than techs that haven’t got the same perspective, and they go home feeling happier with what they have achieved. The awesome thing is that any technician in any business can get better at ‘the job’ – it doesn’t matter if you’ve just finished an apprenticeship or if you’ve got years of experience under your belt.

 

Liking the sound of that? Here’s a little more: https://www.techsonthemove.com.au/blog/

 

5 things to know about finding a job

Prefer it straight from the horse’s mouth? Here it is:

 

 

  1. Job ads online don’t work for most people

    When automotive employers are desperate for staff, they advertise online and that’s when you’ll find getting a job with them easiest.

    Killer observation right?

    Here’s the thing though – is that a good way to find your next role, where you’ll have a fresh chance to push your career forward and continue growing into the industry professional you hopefully want to be? Probably not! The most progressive, most desirable employers are alwaysinterested in hearing from good truck and bus technicians with great attitudes, because people like that don’t come around often. It may not be best to think simply “what diesel mechanic jobs near me are available?” and act on it without more thought. If you’re looking for a new gig and lumping yourself in with every other applicant out there, you’re not setting yourself apart or setting yourself up for success as best as you could.

  2. Don’t flick a match in behind you

    Most people have had a job that, for one reason or another, didn’t work well for them. It could be the structure of the business itself, the product they sold or serviced, or the people in the team. It’s only natural to point out the things you don’t like about a current or previous employer when you’re going for a new job, but it’s never a good move and should be resisted at all costs. It’s impossible to look good by tarnishing others, no matter how deserved you feel such criticisms might be. It’s far better to acknowledge that it’s time for a change or that you have moved on after giving it your best, and focus on how you might benefit your next employer.

  3. Why are you leaving?

    There’s any number of reasons to leave a job, but too often motor mechanics of all stripes leave their current employers for the wrong ones. For example, it’s common for disgruntled technicians to:

    • Feel that they are not paid enough (which might be true), but they haven’t put together a strong summary for why this is true
    • Realise that someone else in the business is better paid than they are and take offence
    • Hold management accountable for slow periods of overtime or bonus payments that are beyond their control
    • Lose enough patience or respect for co-workers (not always technicians – service advisors are often caught up here) to call it quits themselves

    We’re not here to say that these aren’t real issues that get under the skin, or that they are easily solved. And we’re definitely not telling anyone to accept earning less than they should – we’ve got a long track record of arguing that the automotive industry’s skills shortages stem in part from diesel mechanic salaries and truck mechanic salaries being too low.

    However, we’ve seen time and time again that technicians don’t handle issues like those above in ways that might lead to good outcomes, and it comes back to the idea of being an industry professional; how a mechanic performs ‘the job’ and not just ‘the trade’.

    For example, it’s no good for a mechanic to complain that they deserve more money by pointing to years of service with the business, or comparisons to other technicians based on observation alone. If you think you’re worth more money, can you prove it financially based on what you bring into the business for your employer? Or if you feel your performance and job satisfaction is restricted by those around you, how have you attempted to positively influence this?

    If you take some responsibility for these issues, try your best to address them and it doesn’t work, then it’ll be a good learning experience to take to the next role. If your efforts succeed, then you don’t need that new job after all and now you look a much more accomplished employee. It’s a win-win.

  4. The future always starts right now

    That’s a corny line, but it’s true. If you’re thinking about finding the right opportunity to push yourself, expand your career and shape up the next 5, 10 or more years of your life, right now is the perfect time to get on with it. This sort of clarity and focus is one of the things that the best employers out there are looking for. You don’t need to have it all mapped out, but when a technician carries themselves with purpose and confidence through the job seeking process, they’re miles in front of anyone else.

    If you’re just after a regular diesel mechanic job Australia though, one that won’t make you work or think too hard, that’s OK – there’s tonnes out there.

  5. Drive and professionalism

    We nag on this topic, but with good reason we think. It’s pretty simple: technicians that are driven to do their best, learn as much as possible and make the work of everyone around them better are the best paid, most respected and most satisfied people in our industry.

    A diesel mechanic doesn’t have to have a certain amount of experience, a certain level of training or even a certain employer to take control of this themselves either. This stuff comes from within, and it’s usually something that can’t be taught. That is why great employers are desperate to find these character traits in their technicians, because they either have it or they don’t – there’s no training course to teach attitude.

 

What sort of mechanics do Techs On The Move help?

We don’t have a set guideline for the people we are hoping to assist, as we understand that everyone is different, and our clients have a wide range of needs across their workshop teams from one end of the country to another. Generally speaking though, the following points are a minimum for our candidates for HGV mechanic jobs in Australia:

  • •A recognised trade qualification such as an Australian Certificate III or better. Unqualified workers may be considered too, depending on their depth and quality of experience
  • At least 3 years in their trade, which may include an apprenticeship
  • Some additional qualifications or completed courses are always helpful, no matter if they are manufacturer accreditations or another form of post-qualification learning
  • A healthy understanding of our twin character pillars of drive and professionalism

 

What we do

We have a deep and nagging love of the Australian automotive industry that just won’t go away, and we love helping others with the same passion find their groove with a role they can shine in. We come from automotive ourselves and we know how tough it is for employers across the country to find good people, and it’s really satisfying to help everyone get what they need. Because of the scale of the skills shortage in truck and bus mechanics we do assist technicians from overseas to find roles in Australia too, but that doesn’t take away at all from the work we do for Aussies.

Letting us know that you’d like to discuss your plans for a new job is dead easy, and all we’re asking you for is some time to talk and see if we can assist. To get us started we’ll need to know the basics about your experience, which can be entered on our website, and from there we’d like to find out more about you. There’s no fees or obligations to chat.

If you’ve got the experience and attitude our clients are looking for, and decide that you’d like to enter our Candidate to see what’s out there, you’ll be putting yourself in front of a collection of the country’s most progressive employers. We create a profile that show cases your experience and skills, and we’ll do a short video interview with you directly that will introduce you in person so you’ll be more than just a CV. We don’t just sit back and wait for the Candidate Pool to do its work either – we’re always on the phone or pounding the pavement to get the right people in workshops around the country to review our candidates.

The main thing we do that distinguishes Techs On The Move from recruiters is that we don’t put truck mechanic jobs or jobs for truck mechanics on jobs boards, and we don’t advertise for particular roles. Instead, our clients know that finding good truck mechanics and bus mechanics is always hard, and when good ones come around they should seize that opportunity.

 

What Techs On The Move doesn’t do

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Because we understand that finding a new role can be a stressful process, and that there’s lot of conflicting opinions out there on how it should best be done, let’s make a helpful short list of things we don’t do:

  1. Passive job searching

    Never heard of this before? If you’ve ever given your CV to a recruiter and found yourself offered jobs all over the place, that’s passive job searching – even if you’ve taken a job through a recruiter, you’ll likely remain on the email list. LinkedIn does a similar thing now, and online jobs boards increasingly have this function.

    That’s not what we’re about, and it’s annoyed us in the past. We reckon anyone thinking “how about a new truck mechanic job near me” should make the decision to look rather than be prodded. To commit to the career implications this brings should be a deliberate move that a driven and professional person makes for themselves. Passive job searching is for people who aren’t taking control.

  2. Recruitment fees

    When and one of our clients successfully extends a job contract to a candidate through our Candidate Pool, they pay only a small administration fee on the way through. This fee is dramatically less than a traditional recruiter’s fee, and comes with no guarantees or strings attached.

    Why does this matter? If there’s no recruitment fee for an employer to pay, there’s no potential to hold this against a new employee when their salary is decided.

  3. Partner with businesses we wouldn’t work for ourselves

    No matter the scale of the skills shortage for skilled truck and bus technicians, we have no interest in helping automotive employers that we wouldn’t want to work for. We’ve banged on above about the value of progressive businesses that value technicians with drive and professional values, and we hold the same standards for our clients.

 

Being part of the A team

No, we’re not talking about Mr T and his mates!

Every workshop or service manager worth their salt is desperate to build and maintain their A team, an ideal group of truck or bus mechanics (and supporting staff) that are all working as harmoniously as possible toward their common goal. It doesn’t need to be a big corporate strategy, and in most truck or bus workshops it’s going to be a lot more casual than that. No matter the tone of the A team, it’s still a big deal though.

The reason why this bears discussion here is that as a truck or bus mechanic, if you’re going to be working at your most effective and reaching your own career goals, being part of an A team is likely very important. You can’t be at your best without the right people around you, so being part of a killer team should be just as vital for you as for your new employer.

Don’t be afraid to point this out then when you’re looking for a new job! It’s crucial to know how an organisation feels about their staffing. What sort of people are in the team, and what’s their backgrounds? Are there any common values that are known by everyone? What are the workshop team’s goals, and how is success measured?

The right employer will be thrilled you’re thinking this way. If these sorts of questions go down like lead balloons, then so be it – they’re not for you anyway.

 

Drive and professionalism

One more time, let’s break these things down.

Technicians understandably focus on their experience and training when they are considering a new role. This is obviously very important, but there’s more to focus on if you’re thinking about long-term opportunities to further your career and attract the best position in the here-and-now.

 

Drive

Mechanics of all stripes usually get into their trade because of an original passion, no matter whether that’s in trucks, buses, cars or whatever captures their imagination. It’s fair to say though that as we get older, take on more responsibilities and become more aware of the business aspect behind the work of being a mechanic, it’s easy to find that passion challenged.

What keeps you going in to your truck mechanic job in Australia? That’s what drive is all about – why a truck or bus mechanic keeps showing up at work, pushing themselves to achieve more and improve on what they do. This is a totally personal question and is different for every technician, but if you’re going to be on top of your game – especially when you’re going for a new job – you better have what drives you defined and ready to explain to someone else.

 

Professionalism

Isn’t this a suit and tie thing?

Not at all. Mechanics of all backgrounds have for years been negatively referred to as grease monkeys, with the assumption that the job is dirty, easy and undesirable. In this day and age though, it this fair? Vehicles of all sorts are increasingly technical and complex, with many jobs not even requiring the sort of dirty work often associated with the trade. And even then, it’s not like any old person can roll into a modern workshop and jump on the tools.

Being a modern truck or bus technician requires a sophisticated skill set that needs constant updating, and those at the top of their field know that there’s way more to it than simply swinging spanners. Mechanics should be proud of what they do, expect the respect they deserve, and conduct themselves like pros. Those that do are automatically more desirable candidates for new roles, and this isn’t limited by experience – how you conduct yourself around the workshop is totally in your control.

 

FAQs

 

Recruiters don’t charge candidates to find jobs, so why do Techs On The Move?

Fair question. We know that our Candidate Pool offers truck and bus technicians from Australia and New Zealand a unique opportunity to present themselves for consideration with Australia’s most desirable and progressive employers. Our candidates are prepared and polished for the job search, and our clients value this more than CV gleaned from a jobs board that took 2 minutes to complete.

Before technicians go in the Pool we take all the time necessary to discuss their plans, understand what they’re after and help get a plan together. Once they’re in the Pool, candidates can expect us to be campaigning on their behalf, working toward the best possible outcome for them. We’re in it for the long haul.

 

What can Techs On The Move do for me that I can’t do for myself?

First things first, we are not for everyone and that’s OK. Plenty of mechanics know what they want out of their next job and are very capable of organising this for themselves, and we have no interest in getting in their way.

Working with Techs On The Move makes sense for the technicians that aren’t quite sure what they’re looking for, or who are wondering if there’s a better way to push their careers forward. Importantly, we don’t ask for any commitment until we’ve gotten to know a technician, and until they’ve gotten to know us right back. The question is then, why not find out how we might be able to help?

 

I’m still an apprentice but I like the sound of all of this. Can you help me out?

As apprenticeship programs are a very specific form of employment, regrettably we’re not able to assist apprentices to find new positions. However, if you’re still earning your trade qualification and what we have to say strikes a chord, congratulations – you’re miles ahead of the average technician with your experience, and we’d love to hear from you anytime. We’ve got plenty of patience and hearing from like-minded industry people is always welcome.

 

If Techs On The Move aren’t recruiters, how do you make your money?

Our client across Australia pay a subscription fee to access our Candidate Pool, and it’s with those fees that we do all of the digital marketing that allows us to find great technicians for them to review. The rationale is that for roughly the same cost as an online job ad per month, our clients can be given access to some of the country’s most progressive job seekers all in one spot.

We also work to bring people from outside of Australia and New Zealand to our shores, which is an important income stream for us and fundamentally supports the work we do with domestic candidates.