Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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:
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.
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.
Wheel alignment gauges
Vise grip pliers
Two way radios
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Tire pressure gauges
Spark plug gapping tools
Socket wrench sets
Snap ring pliers
Slip joint pliers
Single-cut mill saw files
Shielded arc welding tools
Screw pitch gauges
Screw extractor sets
Protective ear plugs
Plastic tip hammers
Plasma welding equipment
Phillips head screwdrivers
Oxyacetylene welding equipment
On board computers
Oil filter wrenches
Offset box wrenches
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Magnetic pickup tools
Long nose pliers
Locking C-clamp pliers
Leak detection equipment
Impact air wrenches
Hex key sets
Hazardous material protective clothing
Handheld battery testers
Hand held diagnostic computers
Groove joint/water pump pliers
Flare nut wrenches
Flame cutting equipment
Exhaust emission analyzers
Electronic engine analyzers
Dual action pliers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Channel lock pliers
Brake bleeder wrenches
Ball peen hammers
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable monkey wrenches
Maintenance management software
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
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.