Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

General Information

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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit83.55%
  2. State and local government6.41%
  3. Self-employed6.34%
  4. Federal government2.61%
  5. Private, not for profit0.52%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only)
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Job Outlook

Overall employment of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the stock of heavy vehicles and mobile equipment continues to increase, more service technicians will be needed to maintain them. Growth rates will vary by specialty. Employment of farm equipment mechanics and service technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for farm equipment repairers will be driven primarily by the need for agricultural products to feed a growing population. These products are produced with the use of increasingly complex farm equipment. Employment of mobile heavy equipment mechanics is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population and business growth will result in the construction of more houses, office buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures, creating a steady demand for mobile heavy equipment mechanics. Employment of rail car repairers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rail car repairers will continue to be needed to repair railcars used for freight shipping and transportation, as well as public transportation.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$54,080

Military salary*

$47,142

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State-by-state Salary

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$67,580
$22,410
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 54%
  • High school 29%
  • Some college 7%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • Less than high school 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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