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Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain a variety of heavy and mobile machinery including cranes, excavators, bulldozers and graders. They also work on farm equipment and railcars. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics maintain and repair engines as well as transmission, hydraulic and electrical systems.

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics utilize diagnostic computers and they use a wide variety of tools. Some heavy equipment mechanics specialize in one or two types of repairs such as electrical systems and brake systems. They may also specialize in a particular type of equipment.

Some sample job titles include heavy equipment mechanic, field service technician, mechanic, field mechanic, heavy equipment technician and construction equipment mechanic.

Service technicians perform routine maintenance checks on industrial, agricultural, rail and construction equipment. They service brake, transmission and fuel systems. They perform routine checks to keep the equipment safe and performing properly and also to ensure the longevity of the equipment. They also clean, lubricate and replace parts.

Farm equipment mechanics repair, service and maintain a wide range of equipment including large vehicles used on farms and lawn and garden vehicles used by the public. Farm equipment mechanics also perform routine maintenance on engines and hydraulic, transmission, brake and fuel systems. They also work on electrical problems. Some farm equipment mechanics work on irrigation systems and dairy equipment.

Railcar repairers service railroad locomotives and other rolling stock as well as subway cars, streetcars and mine cars.

Responsibilities

  • Repair, overhaul and maintain heavy equipment
  • Confer with customers to locate and diagnose problems
  • Reassemble machines and equipment
  • Record details of repair work
  • Test and replace electrical components
  • Replace or repair defective parts
  • Tune or overhaul engines
  • Inspect and operate heavy equipment in order to diagnose problems
  • Test heavy equipment after repairs are performed
  • Inspect parts for excessive wear and damage

Job Characteristics

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics should have mechanical aptitude and basic computer and math skills. They should also be good at solving problems. A heavy equipment mechanic needs to be able to interpret complex service manuals.

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics typically work indoors. They need to follow safety practices. They usually work a standard 40 hour week. When heavy equipment breaks down at a construction site the mechanics often travel to the site to fix the equipment.

Farm equipment mechanics typically work 6 or 7 days a week and often 10 to 12 hours per day during the busy planting and harvesting seasons. During the slow months, they might work less than 40 hours per week.

Employment Outlook

The employment of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics has been projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 8 percent between 2008 and 2018. The median hourly wage in 2008 for mobile heavy equipment mechanics was $20.59. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $30.57 per hour.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Community colleges and vocational schools provide certificate and associate degree programs in diesel technology and heavy equipment mechanics. The programs teach students the basics of diagnostic and analytical techniques, hydraulics and electronics.

Some workers qualify for service technician positions by training on the job. Many employers require their trainee technicians attend training sessions sponsored by heavy equipment manufacturers. Some manufacturers provide certificates for working on specific equipment or for specific types of repairs.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary employment sectors are machinery equipment and supply merchant wholesalers, specialty trade contractors and highway, street and bridge construction companies; commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental, leasing and repair; and local, state and federal government agencies.

Schools for Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 970 $44,090
Hoover 970 $44,090
Anniston 520 $48,270
Oxford 520 $48,270
Jacksonville 520 $48,270
Mobile 380 $46,770
Montgomery 260 $46,140
Tuscaloosa 190 $47,670
Huntsville 120 $39,720
Decatur 50 $44,740
Gadsden 40 $34,850
Daphne 40 $40,320
Fairhope 40 $40,320
Foley 40 $40,320
Dothan 40 $49,830
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 330 $65,180
Fairbanks 110 $62,110
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2660 $47,890
Mesa 2660 $47,890
Phoenix 2660 $47,890
Tucson 550 $49,610
Yuma 130 N/A
Prescott 100 $50,730
Flagstaff 50 $54,970
Lake Havasu City N/A $37,780
Kingman N/A $37,780
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 240 $41,110
North Little Rock 240 $41,110
Little Rock 240 $41,110
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 3470 $60,160
Los Angeles 3470 $60,160
Long Beach 3470 $60,160
Ontario 1270 $54,710
Riverside 1270 $54,710
San Bernardino 1270 $54,710
Hayward 1070 $71,390
Oakland 1070 $71,390
San Francisco 1070 $71,390
Bakersfield 650 $51,540
Carlsbad 590 $54,110
San Diego 590 $54,110
Arcade 510 $52,680
Arden 510 $52,680
Sacramento 510 $52,680
Roseville 510 $52,680
Fresno 390 $54,170
Thousand Oaks 300 $46,770
Ventura 300 $46,770
Oxnard 300 $46,770
Sunnyvale 290 $62,210
Santa Clara 290 $62,210
San Jose 290 $62,210
Salinas 240 $57,580
Lodi 230 $54,770
Stockton 230 $54,770
Fairfield 130 $63,950
Vallejo 130 $63,950
Yuba City 120 $54,730
Modesto 110 $45,650
Porterville 110 $47,110
Visalia 110 $47,110
Santa Barbara 110 $55,370
Santa Maria 110 $55,370
Redding 90 $52,480
San Luis Obispo 80 $60,020
Paso Robles 80 $60,020
Arroyo Grande 80 $60,020
El Centro 70 $65,290
Chico 60 $48,260
Merced 60 $49,470
Santa Rosa 50 $64,350
Hanford 40 $52,470
Corcoran 40 $52,470
Napa 40 $71,680
Madera N/A $52,250
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1460 $48,880
Lakewood 1460 $48,880
Denver 1460 $48,880
Colorado Springs 320 $47,190
Greeley 210 $48,350
Grand Junction 180 $53,150
Fort Collins 120 $47,030
Pueblo 70 $45,380
Boulder 60 $44,540
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 220 $55,250
Norwalk 170 $54,340
Stamford 170 $54,340
Bridgeport 170 $54,340
Danbury N/A $56,130
East Hartford N/A $57,980
Hartford N/A $57,980
West Hartford N/A $57,980
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 30 $34,710
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1210 $45,550
Miami 1210 $45,550
Fort Lauderdale 1210 $45,550
St. Petersburg 950 $37,700
Tampa 950 $37,700
Clearwater 950 $37,700
Sanford 780 $41,800
Kissimmee 780 $41,800
Orlando 780 $41,800
Jacksonville 560 $45,750
Winter Haven 310 $45,520
Lakeland 310 $45,520
Cape Coral 160 $42,300
Fort Myers 160 $42,300
Sarasota 110 $39,890
Bradenton 110 $39,890
North Port 110 $39,890
Tallahassee 90 $32,290
Brent 80 $36,690
Ferry Pass 80 $36,690
Pensacola 80 $36,690
Ormond Beach 80 $38,210
Daytona Beach 80 $38,210
Deltona 80 $38,210
Destin 80 $54,610
Fort Walton Beach 80 $54,610
Crestview 80 $54,610
Palm Bay 80 $55,470
Melbourne 80 $55,470
Titusville 80 $55,470
Port St. Lucie 60 $43,900
Marco Island 50 $38,660
Immokalee 50 $38,660
Naples 50 $38,660
Panama City 50 $41,010
Ocala 40 $29,120
Gainesville 40 $35,140
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 1250 $45,300
Atlanta 1250 $45,300
Roswell 1250 $45,300
Albany 270 $54,940
Savannah 180 $47,800
Clarke County 140 $40,980
Athens 140 $40,980
Macon 130 $51,520
Brunswick 50 $35,030
Valdosta 30 $34,190
Gainesville 30 $36,610
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 240 $69,200
Lahaina 50 $58,620
Wailuku 50 $58,620
Kahului 50 $58,620
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 160 $50,980
Coeur d'Alene 40 $47,410
Idaho Falls N/A $35,920
Pocatello N/A $42,940
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 180 $57,120
Rockford 120 $46,770
Carbondale 70 $52,340
Marion 70 $52,340
Springfield 60 $62,410
Kankakee 40 $43,460
Urbana 30 $52,950
Champaign 30 $52,950
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 840 $45,610
Indianapolis 840 $45,610
Anderson 840 $45,610
Fort Wayne 300 $43,350
West Lafayette 160 $44,610
Lafayette 160 $44,610
Goshen 80 $42,240
Elkhart 80 $42,240
Terre Haute 60 $48,240
Bloomington 30 $35,450
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 370 $47,400
West Des Moines 370 $47,400
Dubuque 100 N/A
Cedar Falls 80 $50,500
Waterloo 80 $50,500
Ames 50 $36,300
Cedar Rapids N/A $49,250
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 280 $52,320
Topeka 180 $46,750
Manhattan 70 $44,570
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 390 $48,170
Lexington 390 $48,170
Fort Knox 80 $49,850
Elizabethtown 80 $49,850
Owensboro 60 $47,080
Bowling Green 40 $42,870
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 1090 $44,980
New Orleans 1090 $44,980
Baton Rouge 650 $38,410
Lafayette 450 $39,570
Bossier City 400 $39,800
Shreveport 400 $39,800
Thibodaux 200 $41,120
Houma 200 $41,120
Lake Charles 180 $43,320
Monroe 120 $44,910
Alexandria 70 $39,060
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 220 $48,950
Portland 220 $48,950
Bangor 160 $47,160
Auburn 80 $42,700
Lewiston 80 $42,700
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 1640 $50,830
Towson 1640 $50,830
Columbia 1640 $50,830
Lexington Park N/A $47,720
California N/A $47,720
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 70 $65,450
New Bedford 40 $57,470
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 840 $53,210
Detroit 840 $53,210
Dearborn 840 $53,210
Wyoming 500 $45,970
Grand Rapids 500 $45,970
Lansing 100 $49,890
East Lansing 100 $49,890
Portage 80 $48,700
Kalamazoo 80 $48,700
Saginaw 70 $35,480
Monroe 40 $38,230
Flint 30 $41,980
Ann Arbor 30 $48,070
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 170 $51,230
North Mankato 100 $44,030
Mankato 100 $44,030
Rochester 50 $51,430
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 290 $43,670
Gulfport 170 $50,530
Pascagoula 170 $50,530
Biloxi 170 $50,530
Hattiesburg 40 $42,210
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 130 $41,060
Jefferson City 40 $45,590
Columbia N/A $47,600
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 220 $53,120
Great Falls 120 $52,610
Missoula 100 $50,970
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 110 $46,760
Grand Island 60 $38,820
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 370 $57,020
Henderson 370 $57,020
Las Vegas 370 $57,020
Reno 290 $54,960
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 70 $48,170
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 50 $48,140
Hammonton N/A $53,030
Atlantic City N/A $53,030
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 280 $48,670
Farmington 120 $61,740
Las Cruces 30 $39,790
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 320 $55,720
Troy 320 $55,720
Schenectady 320 $55,720
Syracuse 300 $47,580
Niagara Falls 280 $47,570
Buffalo 280 $47,570
Cheektowaga 280 $47,570
Rochester 250 $44,270
Binghamton 100 $45,770
Watertown 80 $43,900
Fort Drum 80 $43,900
Elmira 70 $35,270
Rome 60 $38,230
Utica 60 $38,230
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 660 $43,540
High Point 340 $44,330
Greensboro 340 $44,330
Winston 240 $46,070
Salem 240 $46,070
Asheville 170 $36,840
Fayetteville 110 $42,290
Wilmington 100 $42,470
Chapel Hill 70 $38,600
Durham 70 $38,600
Morganton 60 $45,880
Hickory 60 $45,880
Lenoir 60 $45,880
Burlington 50 $43,200
Jacksonville 50 $56,420
Greenville 40 $46,160
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 140 $56,770
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 740 $54,100
Cleveland 740 $54,100
Columbus 490 $48,330
Akron 290 $49,280
Dayton 180 $47,750
Massillon 100 $47,710
Canton 100 $47,710
Toledo 100 $61,020
Springfield 50 $50,570
Mansfield 30 $47,690
Lima 30 $54,580
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 850 $43,750
Tulsa 450 $42,350
Lawton 40 $46,220
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 150 $52,410
Eugene 140 $48,260
Medford 110 $52,300
Albany 60 $52,700
Redmond 50 $53,670
Bend 50 $53,670
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 830 $49,770
Hazleton 270 $49,450
Barre 270 $49,450
Scranton 270 $49,450
Wilkes 270 $49,450
Waynesboro 230 $49,450
Chambersburg 230 $49,450
Lancaster 210 $49,430
Carlisle 180 $51,330
Harrisburg 180 $51,330
Hanover 170 $45,600
York 170 $45,600
Reading 140 $47,890
Williamsport 90 $52,400
State College 70 $45,150
Erie 70 $51,220
Johnstown 60 $44,060
East Stroudsburg 40 $51,160
Altoona 30 $33,940
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 320 $26,350
Carolina 320 $26,350
San Juan 320 $26,350
Isabela N/A $18,670
Aguadilla N/A $18,670
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 550 $44,740
Mauldin 550 $44,740
Greenville 550 $44,740
Columbia 450 $47,500
North Charleston 260 $45,910
Charleston 260 $45,910
Florence 120 $44,940
Spartanburg N/A $47,660
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 280 $47,190
Rapid City 110 $52,320
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 840 $42,000
Davidson 840 $42,000
Murfreesboro 840 $42,000
Nashville 840 $42,000
Knoxville 350 $45,480
Jackson 70 $38,560
Johnson City 50 $38,500
Morristown 40 $36,550
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 4680 $50,900
Houston 4680 $50,900
The Woodlands 4680 $50,900
Dallas 2340 $46,340
Fort Worth 2340 $46,340
Arlington 2340 $46,340
New Braunfels 680 $44,530
San Antonio 680 $44,530
Odessa 430 $54,310
Round Rock 370 $40,480
Austin 370 $40,480
Corpus Christi 360 $47,350
Midland 350 $44,070
Longview 300 $49,850
Beaumont 230 $41,420
Port Arthur 230 $41,420
El Paso 210 $38,860
Waco 150 $39,850
Amarillo 130 $43,490
Abilene 110 $49,630
Harlingen 90 $38,360
Brownsville 90 $38,360
Killeen 90 $46,380
Temple 90 $46,380
Victoria 90 $49,870
Bryan 80 $36,460
College Station 80 $36,460
Edinburg 80 $36,980
McAllen 80 $36,980
Mission 80 $36,980
Lubbock 80 $46,430
Wichita Falls 60 $43,310
Laredo 40 $30,290
Tyler N/A $45,720
San Angelo N/A $48,070
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1120 $53,750
Clearfield 370 $47,510
Ogden 370 $47,510
Provo 130 $46,290
Orem 130 $46,290
St. George N/A $55,290
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $47,060
Burlington 80 $47,060
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 710 $48,420
Roanoke 340 $43,630
Lynchburg 120 $39,040
Waynesboro 100 $39,390
Staunton 100 $39,390
Charlottesville 30 $39,780
Harrisonburg 30 $40,920
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 1490 $53,220
Bellevue 1490 $53,220
Seattle 1490 $53,220
Spokane 200 $52,130
Spokane Valley 200 $52,130
Bremerton 170 $58,200
Silverdale 170 $58,200
Kennewick 150 $47,200
Richland 150 $47,200
Anacortes 100 $56,080
Mount Vernon 100 $56,080
Olympia 80 $56,250
Tumwater 80 $56,250
Longview 80 $57,090
Yakima 60 $39,230
Bellingham 60 $54,420
Wenatchee 40 $51,390
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 320 $53,000
Beckley 220 $46,470
Morgantown 140 $42,420
Parkersburg 50 $46,090
Vienna 50 $46,090
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 680 $50,580
Milwaukee 680 $50,580
West Allis 680 $50,580
Green Bay 210 $48,650
Madison 170 $48,690
Eau Claire 130 $46,300
Appleton 120 $46,300
Wausau 70 $49,770
Racine 50 $52,950
Neenah 40 $47,380
Oshkosh 40 $47,380
Janesville 30 $51,340
Beloit 30 $51,340
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 310 $58,400
Cheyenne 130 $54,920

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

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Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Durable Goods Wholesale 35,100 28% $42,450
Government 18,560 14% $46,180
Civil Engineering 12,690 10% $41,810
Construction Trades 11,030 8% $41,630
Rental And Lease 10,350 8% $39,690
Mining 8,500 6% $45,640
Maintenance And Repair 8,170 6% $39,200
Mining Services 2,680 2% $41,050
Transportation Support Services 2,450 1% $60,520
Construction 1,950 1% $41,110
Machinery 1,790 1% $40,350
Mineral Products 1,390 1% $39,510
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