What does a Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technician do?
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery, such as tractors and bulldozers used in many industries, like farming and construction or rail transportation. They typically work indoors in noisy repair shops. Their job may be physically demanding as the technician lifts heavy tools and parts, stands or lie in uncomfortable positions, and handle dirty, greasy equipment. They usually work on a full time basis and often work nights and weekends.
How to become a Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technician
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment technicians typically need a high school diploma or the equivalent. An aspirant should begin taking high school courses in welding, automotive repair, physics, and electronics to help prepare for this career choice.
Employers often prefer candidates to have completed a formal training program at a postsecondary institution because of the increasingly computerized and sophisticated technology in vehicle equipment.
Vocational or post secondary training programs in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics is currently regarded as the best preparation for entry-level jobs. The programs offered by community colleges or vocational schools cover the basics of electronics, diagnostic techniques, and other related subjects. The programs normally last 1-2 years and leads to certificates of completion. Associate degree programs take about 2 years to complete.
Job Description of a Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technician
The duties of a heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technician typically include consulting equipment operating manuals, drawings, and blueprints. They clean and lubricate parts for scheduled maintenance. He or she identifies and diagnose malfunctions and inspect, repair, and replace worn or defective parts like gears, pistons, and bearings. They would have the job of testing and overhauling major components, like electrical systems, engines, and hydraulics.
A heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technician disassembles and reassembles heavy components and equipment. They travel to work sites to perform repairs on large equipment like bulldozers and cranes. They maintain records or logs of work performed and equipment condition.
If you like working with your hands, this career will have you working with tools and equipment during most a person's working hours. That's a positive point for many people that enjoy mechanics and fixing things. This career however, can also put a person in a cramped work space and potentially expose a person to hazardous materials. Wearing protective gear and using safety equipment is vital.