Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Average

15800+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 54.58% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 29.63% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks

    Adjust, maintain, and repair or replace subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks, and cranes.

    Clean parts by spraying them with grease solvent or immersing them in tanks of solvent.

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

    Test mechanical products and equipment after repair or assembly to ensure proper performance and compliance with manufacturers' specifications.

    Repair and replace damaged or worn parts.

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

    Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.

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

    Repair, rewire, and troubleshoot electrical systems.

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

    Overhaul and test machines or equipment to ensure operating efficiency.

    Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools.

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

    Fit bearings to adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment.

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

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

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

    Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.

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

    Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.

Tools

Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Wire brushes

Wheel alignment gauges

Welding hoods

Voltmeters

All Tools

Vise grip pliers

Utility knives

Two way radios

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment

Torx screwdrivers

Tire pressure gauges

Three-pin punches

Test lights

Tape measures

Tachometers

Starter punches

Spark plug gapping tools

Solvent sprayers

Socket wrenches

Socket wrench sets

Snips

Snap ring pliers

Slotted screwdrivers

Slip joint pliers

Single-cut mill saw files

Shielded arc welding tools

Screwdrivers

Screw pitch gauges

Screw extractor sets

Safety goggles

Rulers

Rubber mallets

Riveting tools

Respirators

Razor knives

Ratchets

Ratcheting screwdrivers

Putty knives

Punch sets

Pry bars

Protective ear plugs

Pressure gauges

Power saws

Power sanders

Power grinders

Power drills

Pneumatic wrenches

Pneumatic ratchets

Plastic tip hammers

Plasma welding equipment

Pitch gauges

Pipe wrenches

Pin punches

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Paint sprayers

Oxyacetylene welding equipment

Oscilloscopes

On board computers

Oil filter wrenches

Ohmmeters

Offset box wrenches

Nut drivers

Needlenose pliers

Multimeters

Micrometers

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Magnetic pickup tools

Long nose pliers

Locking C-clamp pliers

Lineman’s pliers

Leak detectors

Leak detection equipment

Lathes

Jacks

Jack stands

Inspection mirrors

Impact air wrenches

Hydraulic lifts

Hose-clamp pliers

Hose clamps

Hoists

Hex key sets

Heat guns

Hazardous material protective clothing

Hard-toed shoes

Hard hats

Handheld battery testers

Hand held diagnostic computers

Hammers

Hacksaws

Groove joint/water pump pliers

Grinding machines

Grease guns

Gas welders

Flare nut wrenches

Flame cutting equipment

Feeler gauges

Exhaust emission analyzers

End nippers

Electronic screwdrivers

Electronic engine analyzers

Dynamometers

Dual action pliers

Drill presses

Dial gauges

Dial calipers

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Cutting torches

Crowfoot wrenches

Cordless screwdrivers

Combination wrenches

Cold chisels

Clamp-on multimeters

Circuit testers

Channel lock pliers

Center punches

Breaker bars

Brazing equipment

Brass drifts

Brake bleeder wrenches

Boring bars

Bolt cutters

Battery chargers

Ball peen hammers

Awls

Ammeters

Allen wrenches

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Adjustable monkey wrenches

Technologies

Maintenance management software

Recordkeeping software

Abilities

Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Manual Dexterity

Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision

Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination › Physical Abilities › Extent Flexibility

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.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Multilimb Coordination

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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.

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