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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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14,440+
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)
Duties + 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

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Diesel Technology I Certificate

Central Arizona College
Coolidge (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Powertrains Certificate of Performance

San Diego Miramar College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Hydraulics, Engines, and Transmission Forklift Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)
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Heavy Equipment Service Technician Certificate

Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth (0.0 Miles)

Diesel Technology II Certificate

Central Arizona College
Coolidge (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Undercarriage Systems Certificate of Performance

San Diego Miramar College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Medium/Heavy Truck Technician, A.O.T.

Lawson State Community College
Birmingham (0.0 Miles)

Fuel Injection, Electrical, and Electronics Forklift Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeship

Madison Area Technical College
Madison (0.0 Miles)

Building Construction Technology, A.A.S.

Cochise College
Sierra Vista (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate of Achievement

San Diego Miramar College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Certificate

Lawson State Community College
Birmingham (0.0 Miles)

Find Heavy Equipment Mechanic Jobs in Your Area

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HEAVY MOBILE EQUIPMENT MECHANIC (Title 32)

Department of Defense
Oklahoma City ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

Field Forklift Mechanic / Technician

OnPoint Group
Bolingbrook ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Shop

Power Equipment Company
Denver ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Forklift Mechanic

Saia
Indianapolis ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Heavy Mobile Equipment Repairer

Department of Defense
Fort Lee ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Mechanic

Rogers Group Inc
Bloomington ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Snowbird Ski And Summer Resort ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Surface Maintenance Mechanic

Department of Defense
Framingham ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week ago