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Also known as:  Bulldozer Mechanic, Construction Equipment Mechanic, Dragline Mechanic, Forklift Mechanic, Forklift Technician


When it comes to fixing our cars, we go to an automobile mechanic, but there are many other types of mechanics. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics service industrial equipment used in construction, logging and mining. Service technicians employed by the federal government may work on tanks and other a ...
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From towering cranes to giant drills deep underground, mechanics keep equipment running properly and safely. They are responsible for performing routine maintenance, including cleaning and lubricating the equipment, as well as checking for dangerous wear and tear. They keep service logs and schedule appointment for equipment maintenance. They may use computerized test equipment to identify problems.

Technicians in large shops may specialize in one or two types of repair, such as engine repair, electrical systems or brakes. And while some repairs can be accomplished with hand tools, other repairs may be more challenging. Welding equipment, special power tools, and calibration devices might be required to fix or replace heavy parts. To get a job as a mobile heavy equipment mechanic, you need a high school diploma and a formal training program. Many technical schools offer instruction focusing on diesel or heavy equipment. They combine class time with hands-on experience. Apprenticeships are also helpful for on-the-job training.

Maintenance and repairs may be carried out in a garage or outdoors at work sites under all kinds of weather conditions. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics contribute greatly to the safety and progress of some of our country's leading industries.
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
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Adjust, maintain, and repair or replace subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks, and cranes.
Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.
Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs.
Examine parts for damage or excessive wear, using micrometers and gauges.
Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.
Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices.
Overhaul and test machines or equipment to ensure operating efficiency.
Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools.
Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools.
Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.
Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.