Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
SOC: 49-3042.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
124,700 employed

Projected (2024):
131,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Brake Mechanic
  • Bulldozer Mechanic
  • Cat Mechanic
  • Caterpillar Mechanic
  • Clutch Mechanic
  • Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Construction Equipment Overhauler
  • Crane Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Technician
  • Dinkey Engine Mechanic
  • Donkey Mechanic
  • Dragline Mechanic
  • Dredge Mechanic
  • Drop Hammer Mechanic
  • Endless Track Vehicle Mechanic
  • Equipment Mechanic
  • Equipment Technician
  • Field Mechanic
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Fleet Technician
  • Fork Lift Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Forklift Technician
  • Garage Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Field Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Heavy Vehicle Technician
  • Hoist Mechanic
  • Hydraulic Auto Jack Mechanic
  • Hydraulic Jack Mechanic
  • Hydraulic Mechanic
  • Hydro Mechanic
  • Lift Truck Mechanic
  • Link Trainer Mechanic
  • Logging Equipment Mechanic
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Machine or Machinery Mechanic
  • Machine Overhauler
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Master Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Mechanic Helper
  • Mobile Equipment Mechanic
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Power Shovel Mechanic
  • Rigging Loft Mechanic
  • Shop Mechanic
  • Shop Technician
  • Shovel Mechanic
  • Ski Lift Mechanic
  • Track Vehicle Repairer
  • Truck Mechanic Apprentice
  • Trucksmith


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.
  • Diagnose faults or malfunctions to determine required repairs, using engine diagnostic equipment such as computerized test equipment and calibration devices.
  • Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools.
  • Clean, lubricate, and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles.
  • Examine parts for damage or excessive wear, using micrometers and gauges.
  • Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records.
  • Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.
  • Overhaul and test machines or equipment to ensure operating efficiency.
  • Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.
  • Fit bearings to adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment.
  • Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools.
  • Clean parts by spraying them with grease solvent or immersing them in tanks of solvent.
  • Adjust, maintain, and repair or replace subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks, and cranes.
  • Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices.
  • Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.
  • Direct workers who are assembling or disassembling equipment or cleaning parts.
  • Repair, rewire, and troubleshoot electrical systems.
  • Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable monkey wrenches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Allen wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Awls
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Battery chargers
  • Bolt cutters
  • Boring bars
  • Brake bleeder wrenches
  • Brass drifts
  • Brazing equipment
  • Breaker bars
  • Center punches
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Circuit testers
  • Clamp-on multimeters
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Cordless screwdrivers
  • Crowfoot wrenches
  • Cutting torches
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial gauges
  • Drill presses
  • Dual action pliers
  • Dynamometers
  • Electronic engine analyzers
  • Electronic screwdrivers
  • End nippers
  • Exhaust emission analyzers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Flame cutting equipment
  • Flare nut wrenches
  • Gas welders
  • Grease guns
  • Grinding machines
  • Groove joint/water pump pliers
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammers
  • Hand held diagnostic computers
  • Handheld battery testers
  • Hard hats
  • Hard-toed shoes
  • Hazardous material protective clothing
  • Heat guns
  • Hex key sets
  • Hoists
  • Hose clamps
  • Hose-clamp pliers
  • Hydraulic lifts
  • Impact air wrenches
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Jack stands
  • Jacks
  • Lathes
  • Leak detection equipment
  • Leak detectors
  • Lineman's pliers
  • Locking C-clamp pliers
  • Long nose pliers
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micrometers
  • Multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nut drivers
  • Offset box wrenches
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil filter wrenches
  • On board computers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pin punches
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Pitch gauges
  • Plasma welding equipment
  • Plastic tip hammers
  • Pneumatic ratchets
  • Pneumatic wrenches
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws
  • Pressure gauges
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Pry bars
  • Punch sets
  • Putty knives
  • Ratcheting screwdrivers
  • Ratchets
  • Razor knives
  • Respirators
  • Riveting tools
  • Rubber mallets
  • Rulers
  • Safety goggles
  • Screw extractor sets
  • Screw pitch gauges
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Slotted screwdrivers
  • Snap ring pliers
  • Snips
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Socket wrenches
  • Solvent sprayers
  • Spark plug gapping tools
  • Starter punches
  • Tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Test lights
  • Three-pin punches
  • Tire pressure gauges
  • Torx screwdrivers
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Voltmeters
  • Welding hoods
  • Wheel alignment gauges
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Database software
  • Maintenance management software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Recordkeeping software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990