Diesel Mechanic Equipment

As a diesel mechanic, you are going to experience various situations and circumstances while you work on diesel engine powered vehicles. There is a wide range of equipment that you will need to use to do a job well done throughout your career, including hand tools and safety style gear.

What Kind of
Equipment Does a Diesel Mechanic Need?

Some of the best equipment that you can have you already come equipped with! Your natural mechanical instincts and critical thinking skills all come down to good eyes, good hands, and a good sense to think a problem through. For anyone interested in a diesel technician job, the following are some of the basics pieces of equipment you are going to find useful:

The Right Clothing

When you think about the type of work environments you are going to be in, having the right set of clothing for any particular job is just as important as having the right hand tools to finish the job.

  • As a diesel mechanic you are more than likely going to be asked to wear a company wide uniform. Most of these uniforms are of the “Dickie” style shirt and pants variety.
  • More often than not, having thicker and heavier style clothing can help as it will protect you a bit more from many of the various jobs you will need to perform. 
  • If you have to work outside on a road call, you may need a good thick jacket if you are working outside in colder weather.
  • Since you will be working around a lot of moving parts, and potentially dangerous situations, its best if you don’t wear loose clothing, you tie up your boot laces, avoid jewelry and tuck your shirt in your pants! Having anything that can hang off of you could potential threaten your safety and possibly save your life someday. 
  • You will also want to avoid wearing cargo style pants, as the extra pockets can easily catch on something while you are working.

Miscellaneous Tools

Aside from the obvious tools needed like a good wrench set or a set of screwdrivers, a diesel mechanic is going to have to be prepared for various types of work in many different situations.

  • One of the most obvious pieces of equipment you will need is a toolbox. A heavy duty box with a security lock is highly suggested, as you will want to protect your investment in your own tools.
  • Having a reliable and durable flashlight is a huge must here. There are many situations where you will need to shine a light on certain hard to see areas of an engine compartment or other areas of a vehicle.
  • Also, since you can plan on spending a lot of time underneath vehicles doing repairs, you will want to invest in a good mechanics creeper. This way you can be as comfortable as possible and still have the ability to move around pretty freely.

The Right Footwear

Diesel mechanics are going to find themselves on their feet for many hours, and your best bet is to find yourself a comfortable pair of work appropriate boots. With the demands of a job like this you will need to protect your feet as well, which is why you will need to find yourself a good pair of steel toe boots. No matter how careful you are, there is always the potential for something seriously heavy to fall on your feet.

There are several brands, styles and types that you can find on the market, just make sure they are comfortable and fit the job you are going to be doing. Look at the tread and ankle support, and even consider whether the boots are designed to protect your feet from cold weather in case you need to make a call in the middle of a winter storm. There are many types of boots that have tread that helps prevents slips, and let’s face it, you will be working in an environment where liquids and oils can easily find their way onto the floor, which can potentially cause another hazard for you that having the right pair of boots will help you be prepared for.


While this list isn’t by any means complete, these are definitely a few of the most basic pieces of equipment a diesel mechanic will need to help perform their job on a daily basis. You will want to have all of the right tools so that you can be prepared in any circumstance. Keep in mind that your place of employment might provide you with various tools and equipment to use on the job, more often than not you will be required to purchase a lot of them on your own.