A heavy duty equipment technician is an individual who services and repairs such vehicles as forklifts, graders, loaders, trucks, drills, tractors, and other similar vehicles. They are responsible for identifying and repairing problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems. These technicians work from manufacturer specifications, and their daily tasks involve working with huge engines; inspecting them, servicing them, and repairing any damage or malfunctions. A heavy duty technician typically works in a manufacturer or company warehouse, and is comfortable working with various types of machinery and tools.
Although an advanced degree is not a requirement to land a job as a heavy duty equipment technician, candidates should possess decent communication, verbal, analytical and trouble-shooting skills. Many of these technicians are also required to have specific training, certification and licensure to work on heavy equipment.
A heavy duty technician can make up to $48,000 annually, and the job market is expected to grow 4% by 2028.