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What Does a Heavy Equipment Mechanic Do?

If you aren’t afraid of a little grease and you like the idea of getting your hands on some powerful equipment, a heavy equipment mechanic job might be a great fit. Also known as heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, these mechanics inspect, maintain and repair machinery such as bulldozers, cranes, graders, excavators and other equipment used in the construction, farming, mining and railroad industries. They repair engines, hydraulic systems and other key components of heavy machinery to keep them operating safely.

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$ 32,000 - $ 78,000
$ 53,000
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A heavy equipment mechanic inspects a broken excavator arm
A heavy equipment mechanic loves solving problems. And when the big machines aren’t functioning, that’s a problem that needs solving — and quickly. (Photo: Virrage Images/Shutterstock)
Job Responsibilities
  • Inspect heavy equipment
  • Diagnose problems, often using computerized tools
  • Repair or replace defective parts using hand tools and power tools
  • Test repaired equipment
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work
  • Disassemble and reassemble equipment
  • Consult equipment operating manuals and blueprints
  • Travel to worksites to repair equipment
  • Maintain equipment repair logs
EDUCATION + TRAINING

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. Entry-level workers receive on-the-job training. Employers often seek postsecondary specialization in diesel technology, heavy equipment mechanics or small engine repair. Courses are offered by technical schools and community colleges and cover the basics of diagnostics and electronics. Programs last one to two years, and some lead to an associate degree. Some equipment manufacturers offer specialized training.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Understand engine components and systems
  • Have good eye-hand coordination
  • Have excellent troubleshooting skills

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Training in Your Area

Coordinates
Hutchinson Community College logo

Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
North Arkansas College logo

Construction Technology Certificate

North Arkansas College
Harrison (157.4 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Heavy Equipment Technology, A.A.S.

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Heavy Equipment Transportation Certificate

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Community College of Aurora logo

Diesel Power Mechanics, A.A.S.

Community College of Aurora
Aurora (524.3 Miles)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College logo

Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology- Diesel Option, A.A.S.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston (575.9 Miles)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College logo

Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology- Diesel Option Accelerated Transition Pathway Certificate

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston (575.9 Miles)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College logo

Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology- Diesel Option Career Certificate

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston (575.9 Miles)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College logo

Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology- Diesel Option Technical Certificate

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston (575.9 Miles)
H Councill Trenholm State Community College logo

Diesel Mechanics Certificate

H Councill Trenholm State Community College
Montgomery (624.4 Miles)
H Councill Trenholm State Community College logo

Diesel Mechanics- Drive Train Concentration Short Certificate

H Councill Trenholm State Community College
Montgomery (624.4 Miles)

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