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

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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 armored equipment.

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 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
Daily tasks

Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records.

Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.

Direct workers who are assembling or disassembling equipment or cleaning parts.

Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs.

Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools.

Clean, lubricate, and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles.

Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.

Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices.

Diagnose faults or malfunctions to determine required repairs, using engine diagnostic equipment such as computerized test equipment and calibration devices.

Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.

Examine parts for damage or excessive wear, using micrometers and gauges.

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.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
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.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
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.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
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.