This week I swapped roles with Will, one of the diesel mechanics (diesos) on station. To enable me to work better as a dieso, I stopped cleaning under my fingernails weeks ago, and I started introducing “she’ll be right” into normal conversation wherever possible. I also donned a wig of a mullet to fool the machines into thinking I was one of the engine whisperers. I was ready.
My week included a variety of work from simple to complex tasks. Some of the other mechanics were skylarking around and were telling me things they’d made up for their amusement, for example “make sure you don’t put petrol in the JCB (telehandler) because it only takes diesel”. Ha ha, those clowns think I don’t know that all fuel is the same and you can put any fuel in any engine. Do they think I’m an idiot?!
I also found that I could get away with ‘working’ by banging things with a spanner and making a few grunting noises every now and then, but really, I was watching YouTube videos on how to fit a homemade turbo onto a Commodore.
Diesos are a hard-working bunch of guys and I hope they’re proud that I gave myself the tattoo that they said I should get so I can be a part of the crew. They said they’ll show me theirs after I’ve done mine, I can’t wait to see who’s best!
Flynn Jackman, Field Training Officer