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Working As A Field Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $34,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Technician Do

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, also called mechanics, inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.

Duties

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians typically do the following:

  • Consult equipment operating manuals, blueprints, and drawings
  • Perform scheduled maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating parts
  • Diagnose and identify malfunctions, using computerized tools and equipment
  • Inspect, repair, and replace defective or worn parts, such as bearings, pistons, and gears
  • Overhaul and test major components, such as engines, hydraulics, and electrical systems
  • Disassemble and reassemble heavy equipment and components
  • Travel to worksites to repair large equipment, such as cranes
  • Maintain logs of equipment condition and work performed

Heavy vehicles and mobile equipment are critical to many industrial activities, including construction and railroad transportation. Various types of equipment, such as tractors, cranes, and bulldozers, are used to haul materials, till land, lift beams, and dig earth to pave the way for development and construction.

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians repair and maintain engines, hydraulic systems, transmissions, and electrical systems of agricultural, industrial, construction, and rail equipment. They ensure the performance and safety of fuel lines, brakes, and other systems.

Service technicians use diagnostic computers and equipment to identify problems and make adjustments or repairs. For example, they may use an oscilloscope to observe the signals produced by electronic components. Service technicians also use many different power and machine tools, including pneumatic wrenches, lathes, and welding equipment. A pneumatic tool, such as an impact wrench, is an air tool powered by compressed air.

Service technicians also use many different hand tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches, to work on small parts and in hard-to-reach areas. They generally purchase these tools over the course of their careers, often investing thousands of dollars in their inventory.

After identifying malfunctioning equipment, service technicians repair, replace, and recalibrate components such as hydraulic pumps and spark plugs. This may involve disassembling and reassembling major equipment or making adjustments through an onboard computer program.

Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians service and repair farm equipment, such as tractors and harvesters. They also work on smaller consumer-grade lawn and garden tractors. Most work for dealer repair shops, where farmers increasingly send their equipment for maintenance.   

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain construction and surface mining equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, graders, and excavators. Most work for governments, equipment rental and leasing shops, and large construction and mining companies.

Rail car repairers specialize in servicing railroad locomotives, subway cars, and other rolling stock. They usually work for railroad, public and private transit companies, and rail car manufacturers.

For information about technicians and mechanics who work primarily on automobiles, see the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

For information about technicians and mechanics who work primarily on large trucks and buses, see the profile on diesel service technicians and mechanics.

For information about technicians and mechanics who primarily work on motorboats, motorcycles, and small all-terrain vehicles, see the profile on small engine mechanics.

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How To Become A Field Technician

Most heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent. Because vehicle and equipment technology is increasingly sophisticated and computerized, some employers prefer to hire service technicians who have completed a formal training program at a postsecondary institution.

Education

Most heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent. High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, physics, and welding provide a strong foundation for a service technician’s career. However, high school graduates often need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary training program in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics is increasingly considered the best preparation for some entry-level positions. Offered by vocational schools and community colleges, these programs cover the basics of diagnostic techniques, electronics, and other related subjects. Most programs last 1 to 2 years and lead to certificates of completion. Other programs, which lead to associate’s degrees, generally take 2 years to complete.

Training

Entry-level workers with no formal background in heavy vehicle repair often receive a few months of on-the-job training before they begin performing routine service tasks and making minor repairs. Trainees advance to more complex work as they show competence, and usually become fully qualified after 3 to 4 years of work.

Service technicians who have completed a postsecondary training program in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics require less training.

Many employers send new service technicians to training sessions conducted by equipment manufacturers. Training sessions may focus on particular components and technologies or types of equipment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some manufacturers offer certification in specific repair methods or equipment. Although not required, certification can demonstrate a service technician’s competence and usually commands higher pay.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must perform many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, with a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They must often disassemble major parts for repairs and be able to reassemble them.

Organizational skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must maintain accurate service records and parts inventories.

Physical strength. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be able to lift and move heavy equipment, tools, and parts without risking injury.

Troubleshooting skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with diagnostic equipment, which can help find the source of malfunctions when they are difficult to identify.

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Field Technician Career Paths

Field Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Consultant Operations Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Specialist Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Supervisor Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Computer Aided Design Designer
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.6 years
Telecom Technician 3.6 years
Technician 2.7 years
Field Technician 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Field Technician
Technician 11.8%
Internship 7.2%
Cashier 5.8%
Supervisor 4.0%
Manager 3.7%
Volunteer 3.3%
Owner 3.3%
Top Careers After Field Technician
Technician 13.0%
Driver 4.9%
Owner 4.1%
Internship 3.8%
Supervisor 3.8%
Manager 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Merit Medical Systems
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Field Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Field Technician in the United States is $35,027 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $57,000.

Real Field Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Technician IV EXI Parsons Telecom LLC Orlando, FL Jul 09, 2011 $73,000 -
$78,000
RBS Field Technician United Commtel, LLC Dublin, CA Jun 01, 2011 $72,800
Field Technical Electronics and Communications SER Wm Wireless, Inc. Long Beach, CA Sep 09, 2014 $67,662
Field Technician Radianz Americas, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 01, 2010 $65,120
Field Technician IV EXI Parsons Telecom LLC Orlando, FL Jul 09, 2011 $60,000 -
$75,000
Field Technician IV EXI Parsons Telecom LLC Chino, CA Nov 12, 2009 $60,000 -
$80,000
Field Technician Wireless Network Group Plainsboro, NJ Aug 28, 2012 $56,300 -
$60,000
Field Technician II Teclopacific LLC Redmond, WA Feb 13, 2012 $54,262
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Oct 25, 2010 $54,080
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunication Services, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Jun 21, 2010 $53,996
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Jun 25, 2010 $53,996
Field Technician II Teclopacific LLC Redmond, WA Mar 13, 2012 $53,156
Field Technician II Pinnacle Engineering, Inc. Wilton, ND Jun 01, 2015 $52,500
Field Technician II Pinnacle Engineering, Inc. Wilton, ND Oct 14, 2015 $52,500
Field Technician II Teclopacific LLC Redmond, WA Feb 13, 2012 $50,088
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Oct 04, 2010 $50,003
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Oct 11, 2010 $50,003
Field Technician Fresh Connection Lafayette, CA Apr 12, 2010 $48,000
Laboratory/Field Technician Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jul 01, 2011 $47,145
Lab Field Technician Air Hygiene International, Inc. Broken Arrow, OK Aug 22, 2015 $46,000
Field Technician Parabit Systems, Inc. Homestead, FL Jul 07, 2016 $41,740
Agronomist/Field Technician Soudan Farming Company Marianna, AR Mar 27, 2012 $38,000
Field Technician and Sales Mardel Souza Inc. Brownsville, TX Sep 15, 2016 $37,232 -
$50,000

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Top Skills for A Field Technician

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Trouble Shooting
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain and trouble shoots optical equipment, computer hardware/software and aviation subsystems.
  • Managed trouble shooting and escalations with internal/external telecommunications vendors to insure appropriate response to outages and other technical problems.
  • Maintained clear and concise records for services provided, preventative maintenance schedules, parts inventory, installation/upgrades and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Worked on PC and network maintenance, repair and configuration conducting troubleshooting and resolution of customer connectivity and Internet/Exchange configuration issues.
  • Perform customer acceptance testing of electronic systems and components associated with fiber optics multiplexer.

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Top 10 Best States for Field Technicians

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  3. Oregon
  4. Alabama
  5. Iowa
  6. West Virginia
  7. Wyoming
  8. Kentucky
  9. California
  10. Wisconsin
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Field Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

84.3%

Female

12.6%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6%

French

6.8%

Carrier

5.9%

German

4.1%

Arabic

3.6%

Japanese

3.3%

Portuguese

2.2%

Russian

1.7%

Mandarin

1.4%

Italian

1.1%

Polish

1.0%

Hindi

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Cantonese

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Swahili

0.4%
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Field Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

7.6%

Colorado State University

7.3%

Texas A&M University

7.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

More Tech Institute

5.5%

Houston Community College

5.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Strayer University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.4%

Texas Tech University

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.0%

A-Technical College

4.0%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.9%

Mississippi State University

3.9%

University of Kentucky

3.8%
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Majors

Business

13.0%

Electrical Engineering

11.1%

Computer Science

8.0%

Information Technology

7.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.5%

Computer Networking

6.5%

Environmental Science

6.1%

Biology

5.4%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

General Studies

4.3%

Automotive Technology

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Geology

3.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.9%

Civil Engineering

2.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Anthropology

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.1%

High School Diploma

25.5%

Associate

22.7%

Certificate

8.6%

Diploma

5.7%

Masters

4.7%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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