There has been no scientific exploration into exactly what personality types will make a successful diesel mechanic. However, the Myers Briggs personality type of ISTP, or otherwise known as ‘the craftsperson’, is likely to be a successful diesel mechanic. These types of people are able to tackle problems within their immediate environment (e.g., faulty breaks, broken lighting systems), with an innate mechanical ability. ISTPs are typically very attentive to detail, independent and adaptable which are key skills for a diesel mechanic.
Accomplishment and mastery
Diesel mechanics have lots of skills to learn throughout their training, so there is high skill accomplishment and mastery. Furthermore, diesel mechanics need to resit their certification exams every five years, which means they must keep on top of their learning and skills – this further increases accomplishment and mastery.
Meaning and contribution
Diesel mechanics with the correct education and experience can do meaningful work that greatly contributes to the lives of others. Without diesel mechanics, worldwide transportation of the good we use in everyday life would not be possible, as there would be no one to repair and maintain the vehicles.
Diesel mechanics will usually work routine business hours, meaning that it is a career that offers an excellent life fit. However, some may have to work evenings, weekends and/or overtime depending on where they work or who they work for.
Who will thrive in this career?
One of the most important things a diesel mechanic can be is physically fit. This is because they will need to stand or kneel for long periods of time and may have to lift heavy equipment. Similarly, you will thrive as a diesel mechanic if you have excellent hand-eye coordination, as this will allow you to use the complexed tools with greater ease.
Those who can communicate will with others will thrive as diesel mechanics. This is because they will be able to communicate with other people who work in the garage (e.g., reception staff, other mechanics or technicians) and they can provide excellent customer service. Finally, the ability to pay attention to detail is paramount. This is because even the smallest problems need to be diagnosed and fixed, so a careful eye is needed to spot these issues.
Who will struggle in this career?
Similarly as to what is mentioned above, you are likely to struggle with working as a diesel mechanic if you are physically unfit, as you will not be able to keep up with the demands of the job. Similarly, if you prefer more ‘modest’ working conditions (e.g., sitting down in an air conditioned office), then you may struggle with the working conditions of repair shops of garages. Finally, a lack of attention to detail means you will struggle as a diesel mechanic, as you need to be able to spot and diagnose even the smallest of problems. If you cannot do this, it is very unlikely that you will make a successful mechanic!