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Working As a Mobile Technician

  • 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

  • $116,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mobile 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 Mobile 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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Mobile Technician Career Paths

Mobile Technician
Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Store Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Consultant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Consultant Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Owner/Operator
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Field Service Technician Owner
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Diesel Technician Shop Foreman Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Diesel Technician Shop Foreman
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Diesel Technician Shop Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Operations Manager
Service Center Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Field Service Technician
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Foreman Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Laboratory Technician Senior Technologist
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Self-Employed Hvac Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Environmental Services Supervisor Assistant Service Manager
Store Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$116,000
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$84,000
Min 10%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
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$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Providence Health & Services
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Mobile Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Mobile Technician in the United States is $116,232 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $84,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Top Skills for A Mobile Technician

  1. Hardware Issues
  2. Technical Support
  3. Apple
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repair hardware issues on mobile devices and walk customers through repair process.
  • Promoted to Mobile Device Technician, repairing customer products and providing technical support.
  • Facilitated training sessions for customers seeking further education on Apple devices.
  • Maintained expense reports and Company vehicles provided to all FSR'S for whom I was responsible as the Site Supervisor.
  • Delivered excellent customer service supported by consistently receiving customer service evaluations with a 95%-100% satisfaction level.

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Top 10 Best States for Mobile Technicians

  1. Oregon
  2. Washington
  3. Nevada
  4. North Dakota
  5. Alaska
  6. New Jersey
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Minnesota
  9. Hawaii
  10. Montana
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Mobile Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

71.8%

Female

19.9%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

French

10.9%

Mandarin

8.7%

Cantonese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Chinese

2.2%

Turkish

2.2%

German

2.2%

Persian

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Polish

2.2%
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Mobile Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Universal Technical Institute

15.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.0%

ECPI University

3.8%

Nashville State Community College

3.8%

Tennessee State University

3.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Remington College

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Atlanta Technical College

3.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

Ashford University

3.0%

The Academy

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.0%
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Majors

Business

16.0%

Automotive Technology

10.6%

Computer Science

9.5%

Information Technology

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

General Studies

4.1%

Medical Assisting Services

4.1%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Medical Technician

3.8%

Communication

3.3%

Psychology

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Nursing

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

34.3%

Bachelors

28.8%

Associate

21.1%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

4.4%

Diploma

3.2%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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