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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

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CAT® Dealer Prep Program, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Komatsu Advanced Career Training Program, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Western Equipment Dealers Association Technician Training, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Commercial Driver's License

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)

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

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (291.5 Miles)
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Heavy Equipment Maintenance Service Management A.A.S. - Nashville

Lincoln Tech - Nashville
Nashville (500.9 Miles)
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Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology Diploma Program - Nashville

Lincoln Tech - Nashville
Nashville (500.9 Miles)

Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeship

Madison Area Technical College
Madison (535.8 Miles)

Diesel Mechanics Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (535.9 Miles)

Diesel Mechanics-Basic Maintenance Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (535.9 Miles)

Diesel Mechanics-Advanced Maintenance Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (535.9 Miles)

Diesel Mechanics-Engine Specialist Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (535.9 Miles)

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