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Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Also called: Field Mechanic, Field Service Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Mechanic

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Repair and replace damaged or worn parts.
  • Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools.
  • Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Recordkeeping software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Facilities management software
  • Maintenance management software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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