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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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Median Salary $
55,000
Jobs Available
4,900+
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 Mechanics-Basic Maintenance Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (0.0 Miles)

Diesel Mechanics-Advanced Maintenance Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (0.0 Miles)

Maintenance And Repair Concentration, A.A.S.

Lakeland Community College
Kirtland (0.0 Miles)

Power Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale (0.0 Miles)

Diesel Mechanics-Engine Specialist Short Certificate

Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa (0.0 Miles)

Construction Equipment Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Service Technician Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Hillsborough Community College
Tampa (0.0 Miles)

Automotive Service, A.A.S.

Mesa Community College
Mesa (0.0 Miles)

Construction Equipment Systems Technology Diploma

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Machine Tool Operations

Northeast State Community College
Blountville (0.0 Miles)

Diesel Equipment Technology, A.A.S.

Centralia College
Centralia (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Vehicle Inspection Certificate (Category 3)

Delaware County Community College
Media (0.0 Miles)

Find Heavy Equipment Mechanic Jobs in Your Area

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Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Waste Connections
Iowa Park ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Helper

Department of Defense
San Diego ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Hydraulic Equipment Mechanic

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Goodyear ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 4 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

DynCorp International
Fort Leonard Wood ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months ago

Heavy Equipment Mechanic/Technician

Vermeer Corporation
Lumberton ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Advanced Lift Technician

Quinn Group, Inc.
Fresno ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Martin Construction Inc.
Dickinson ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 10 months 1 week ago

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Webber
Atlanta ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 3 months ago