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Working As A Human Service 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

  • $33,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Service 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 Human Service 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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Human Service Technician Career Paths

Human Service Technician
Case Manager Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Career Coordinator
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Office Manager
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Social Worker Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Practitioner Mental Health Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Case Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Mental Health Technician Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Design Coordinator Program Manager Clinical Director
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse MD Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Practitioner Therapist Program Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Program Coordinator Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Service Counselor 2.6 years
Service Worker 2.5 years
Living Specialist 2.4 years
Service Aide 2.4 years
Residential Worker 2.1 years
Residential Aide 2.0 years
Support Staff 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.3%
Internship 6.4%
Supervisor 3.2%
Teller 3.2%
Counselor 3.2%
Server 3.2%
Clerk 2.9%
Secretary 2.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 4.9%
Assistant 3.6%
Counselor 3.3%

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Human Service Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

71.9%

Male

25.8%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

65.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

9.2%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.4%

French

6.9%

Greek

6.9%

Swedish

3.4%

Filipino

3.4%

Tagalog

3.4%

Italian

3.4%
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Human Service Technician Education

Schools

Ridgewater College

17.6%

University of Phoenix

10.8%

University of Minnesota - Morris

6.3%

Bakersfield College

5.1%

Rasmussen College

5.1%

Winona State University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Valdosta State University

4.0%

Minnesota State University - Moorhead

4.0%

California State University - Bakersfield

4.0%

Rochester Community and Technical College

4.0%

Southwest Minnesota State University

4.0%

Walden University

4.0%

Saint Cloud State University

4.0%

Wake Technical Community College

3.4%

Bemidji State University

3.4%

Lake Superior College

3.4%

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

2.8%

South Central College

2.8%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

2.8%
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Majors

Psychology

12.9%

Business

12.1%

Criminal Justice

10.1%

Nursing

9.5%

Social Work

9.0%

Human Services

7.2%

Health Care Administration

6.2%

Sociology

5.2%

Liberal Arts

4.9%

Nursing Assistants

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

2.3%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%

General Studies

2.1%

Human Development

2.1%

Education

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

School Counseling

1.5%

Cosmetology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.4%

Other

29.4%

Associate

16.2%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Human Service Technician

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  1. Independent Living
  2. Public Assistance Programs
  3. Human Services
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  • Participate with a human services program team delivering individualized treatment rehabilitation institutional services to clients of residential treatment facilities.
  • Modeled behavior, crisis intervention and application of restraints onto combative individuals.
  • Received my CPR, First Aide and CPI certifications, and still currently hold a CDL license with a passenger endorsement.
  • Redirected behavioral issues with a variety of therapeutic interventions.
  • Directed care in all aspects of patient services in a locked State Operated Services acute care mental health facility.

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