Welcome to the major leagues for the mechanically minded. You’ll oversee all the heavy trucks, earth-moving equipment, gasoline- and diesel-powered tractors, road graders, garbage trucks, dump trucks and bulldozers. The opponent is downtime. You’re the MVP.
Maintains and repairs all heavy equipment, keeps up with innovations and new ways to streamline procedures and ensures that the equipment is back on the job, safely, and as quickly as possible.
Work may be at an inside repair facility or outside at highway construction sites, in all kinds of weather. The normal workweek is 40 hours (eight hours a day for five days). However, some projects may require night, weekend and holiday work.
Most learn the trade while working with other Heavy Equipment Mechanics. However, you must have five years of experience as a skilled automotive mechanic, including some experience in the repair and maintenance of heavy-duty construction or firefighting equipment. You can also learn through an apprenticeship program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the annual mean wage nationwide (2014) is $49,000.