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Become A Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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Working As A Heavy Equipment Mechanic

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $53,760

    Average Salary

What Does A Heavy Equipment Mechanic Do

A Heavy Equipment Mechanic works with vehicles and machines used in farming, construction, and railway transport. They are responsible for inspecting, repairing, and maintaining them.

How To Become A Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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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Real Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Holcomb Engineering Contractors, Inc. Baldwin Park, CA Feb 26, 2013 $62,150
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Millens Metal Recycling of Kingston, LLC Kingston, NY Apr 09, 2014 $56,410
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics D'ARCY & Harty Construction, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 16, 2009 $55,300
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Ormat Technologies, Inc. Brawley, CA Nov 30, 2012 $54,088
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Ormat Technologies, Inc. Brawley, CA Sep 18, 2012 $54,088
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Scot Heller Trucking Kansas City, MO Jun 16, 2015 $50,088
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Target Contracting, LLC. Islandia, NY Jul 13, 2011 $48,001
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics Aidyl Corp. DBA Sinclair Drilling Fluids CA Apr 15, 2011 $45,000
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Wirtgen America Inc. TN May 22, 2014 $44,000 -
$50,000
Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Warriors Equipment Repair Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA Sep 08, 2008 $43,827
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic Environmental Contractors, Inc. West Orange, NJ Feb 07, 2008 $41,970
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Prestige Interior Clean Up Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2009 $39,528
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Green Gold Development Corp. NY Oct 16, 2009 $39,528
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Gazebo Contracting Inc. Islandia, NY Mar 26, 2010 $39,528
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Glebe Auto Service, Inc. Arlington, VA Dec 03, 2010 $39,215
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Asbestos Abatement Services, Corp. NY Apr 15, 2009 $38,630
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Tri-State Equipment Rebuilding Ltd Hawthorne, NY Jun 06, 2008 $38,630
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics Shirlington Service Center Arlington, VA Mar 04, 2008 $38,213
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Tarrytown R & T Corp Cortlandt, NY Dec 11, 2007 $37,629
Mobile Heavy Equipment Frazier Industrial Company Long Valley, NJ Nov 14, 2007 $35,667
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic AVF Development Corp. Garden City Park, NY Apr 09, 2010 $33,851
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic AVF Development Corp. Garden City Park, NY Apr 01, 2010 $33,851
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics Morrow Equipment Company, L.L.C. Manassas, VA Oct 11, 2007 $33,684
Heavy Equipment Mechanic World Electric & Construction Company, Inc. Dec 22, 2011 $32,432
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engineers Shank Logging, LLC VA Sep 03, 2010 $32,265
Heavy Equipment Mechanic GEO-Engineering & Testing, Inc. Aug 18, 2010 $31,618
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Harsco Infrastructure Carolina, PR Nov 13, 2010 $30,000
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Esco Equipment Rental, Inc. Carolina, PR Nov 30, 2009 $30,000

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Top Skills for A Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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Top Heavy Equipment Mechanic Skills

  1. Vehicles
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Wheel Loaders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Test drove vehicles to verify repairs and or complaints by the soldiers in the units supported by the shop.
  • Specialized in repairing and maintaining diesel engines/transmissions.
  • Operate and maintain fleet of Caterpillar and John Deere wheel loaders.
  • Risk Assessment, Maintaining and Driving Heavy Vehicles, Material Handling and Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Maintained wheeled and tracked vehicles, their associated trailers and material handling equipment systems.

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