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Working As A 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

  • $42,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Service Technician Career Paths

Service Technician
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Foreman Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Hvac Technician
Lead Hvac Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Foreman Supervisor Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Assistant Branch Manager
Branch Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Maintenance Manager Regional Service Manager
Area Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Lead Technician Service Technician Lead
Technical Services Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Service Mechanic 3.4 years
Heating Technician 3.1 years
Service Technician 3.0 years
Technician 2.7 years
Shop Technician 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Service Technician
Technician 9.7%
Cashier 7.3%
Mechanic 4.4%
Driver 3.8%
Installer 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Owner 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Service Technician
Technician 10.3%
Owner 5.5%
Driver 5.5%
Mechanic 4.1%
Manager 3.4%
Cashier 3.3%
Supervisor 3.0%

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Service Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

11.1%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.5%

Carrier

7.5%

French

5.5%

German

3.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Arabic

1.7%

Italian

1.6%

Chinese

1.5%

Japanese

1.3%

Russian

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Mandarin

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Dakota

0.7%

Hindi

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Tagalog

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%

Urdu

0.4%

Cantonese

0.4%
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Service Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

20.9%

University of Phoenix

19.2%

The Academy

5.9%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

A-Technical College

4.1%

Ferris State University

4.0%

Ashford University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Porter and Chester Institute

2.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.6%

Houston Community College

2.5%

More Tech Institute

2.4%

Arizona State University

2.4%

Wake Technical Community College

2.3%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

2.2%

College of DuPage

2.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

15.1%

Automotive Technology

12.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

8.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

General Studies

5.0%

Computer Science

4.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Psychology

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Nursing

2.1%

Communication

2.0%

Accounting

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

38.7%

Associate

21.8%

Bachelors

20.4%

Certificate

9.6%

Diploma

4.7%

Masters

4.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$42,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ernst & Young US
Highest Paying City
San Diego, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Service Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Service Technician in the United States is $42,385 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $59,000.

Real Service Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Services Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Siloam Springs, AR Aug 11, 2014 $100,000
Service Technician Husky Injections Molding Systems, Inc. Peoria, AZ Oct 01, 2012 $84,050
Service Technician Husky Injections Molding Systems, Inc. Peoria, AZ Aug 01, 2013 $84,050
Service Technician Doublebarrel Downhole Technologies, LLC Houston, TX Aug 19, 2013 $81,806 -
$100,000
Professional Services Technician Shortcuts Software, Inc. Huntington Beach, CA Jul 01, 2012 $80,000
Journeyman Service Technician Steve Silva Plumbing Inc. Napa, CA Aug 10, 2015 $74,235 -
$80,000
Corrugator Service Technician BHS Services N.A., LLC Baltimore, MD Apr 29, 2016 $73,902
Electrical Service Technician BHS Corrugated Na, Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 26, 2016 $73,445
Electrical Service Technician K&K Hardwood Floor, Inc. Chantilly, VA Aug 12, 2015 $69,514
Service Technician, Electrical Niehoff Endex North America Inc. Swedesboro, NJ Jan 22, 2016 $68,000 -
$85,800
Ashton Service Technician Cardinal Glass Company Irving, TX Oct 16, 2015 $63,731
Service Technician Diamondback Downhole Technologies, L.L.C. Houston, TX Nov 17, 2009 $63,034
Service Technician Serva Group Downhole Technologies, L.L.C. Houston, TX Nov 17, 2009 $63,034
Service Technician Allied Plumbing, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Aug 09, 2010 $50,192
Service Tecnician Precision Scales, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 02, 2009 $50,000
Veterinary Service Technician Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Leesburg, VA Jan 15, 2012 $49,377
Service Technician Veterinary Practice Associates, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2010 $48,147
ATM Service Technician Atlas ATM Corp. NY Apr 03, 2016 $48,048 -
$50,000
End User Services Technician (Refresh) Enterprise Integration, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Sep 30, 2012 $48,027 -
$69,900
End User Services Technician (Refresh) Enterprise Integration, Incl Jacksonville, FL Sep 30, 2012 $48,027 -
$69,900
Auto Service Technician Quality Auto Repair, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 23, 2009 $41,000
Auto Service Technician Quality Auto Repair, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 28, 2007 $41,000
Auto Service Technician Quality Auto Repair, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 04, 2010 $41,000
Graphic Service Technician Polymeric Imaging, Inc. North Kansas City, MO Apr 08, 2011 $40,643
Service Technician Hana Merchant Service, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL Oct 14, 2015 $40,144
Welder & Service Technician Barnes Equipment Inc. Sims, NC Mar 25, 2011 $40,133
Equipment Service Technicians U.S. Ski & Snowbaord Association Park City, UT Oct 01, 2015 $39,716
Service Technician Arrowhead Commercial Equipment Service, Inc. Glendale, AZ Dec 15, 2014 $39,653 -
$48,231

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Top Skills for A Service Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Company Vehicle
  3. Safety Procedures
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  • Delivered exceptional customer service to meet demands of customers and management.
  • Ensured high quality service levels by maintaining company vehicles and equipment and mitigating complaints.
  • Transported products into cleaning room for removal of protective covering by following established operational and safety procedures.
  • Drive independently throughout the Colorado Springs area, use of company van, communicate with clients to provide HVAC/R services.
  • Developed preventative maintenance programs and maintained cooling, heating and electrical systems for commercial/industrial facilities and supervised technicians.

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