Mobile Diesel Technician
Cox Automotive Mobility Fleet Services
What is your position in the industry?
Working in the shop as a mobile diesel technician, my daily tasks include planned preventive maintenance, light repairs and some tire work. I am also part of the safety committee and have been for about a year. Every month I make sure the shop space is running safely and smoothly and report any damages.
Tell us about yourself. What made you decide to become a service professional?
My decision to become a technician really wasn't a decision. It always just made sense for me to be working in this field I was always interested in how things worked and as I got older that became vehicles and equipment.
Where/How did you get your training to get the knowledge you have today?
I went to college at Vincent University and majored in collision repair. I started working at the body shop in Indiana and then a spot at the FleeTec Academy opened and I started turning wrenches on semis instead of doing bodywork. Once I completed the FleeTec Academy, I started my work with Cox Mobility.
How long have you worked as a service professional?
I have been a service professional for two and a half years.
What role has being ASE Certified played in your journey?
Being ASE certified helps distinguish me from the other technicians and it feels good to have on the job.
What ASE Certifications do you currently hold?
I received my Preventive Maintenance & Inspection (T8) and Brakes (A5) ASE Certifications through the FleeTec Academy.
What are some of the top challenges you do/did face as a service professional and how do/did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face is keeping up with the change in technology. Everything is new these days, which can be tough to stay on top of, but you can’t just send everything to the dealer. When I run into this challenge I turn to the seasoned technicians for guidance and do my research whether it is online or in person.
Do you have any advice for today’s students who might be thinking about entering the automotive industry or becoming a service professional?
My advice is to just do it. The work is hard, but it’s good work and good money. It is also important to put in the work at the front end and get the right training and certifications you need to be good at your job.
What do you like most about being an automotive service professional?
I love working on anything with a motor, it calms me down. I have always enjoyed working on cars and it’s important to have a passion for what you do.