Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Trucksmith
  • Truck Mechanic
  • Track Vehicle Repairer
  • Ski Lift Mechanic
  • Shovel Mechanic
  • Shop Technician
  • Rigging Loft Mechanic
  • Power Shovel Mechanic
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Mobile Equipment Mechanic
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What They Do

  • Direct workers who are assembling or disassembling equipment or cleaning parts.
  • Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.
  • Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices.
  • Clean parts by spraying them with grease solvent or immersing them in tanks of solvent.
  • Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.
  • Clean, lubricate, and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles.
  • Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records.
  • Fit bearings to adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment.
  • Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs.
  • Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Preparation Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $60,250 with most people making between $38,620 and $89,020

Outlook

0.93%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 10,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 11,700 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 100 openings due to growth and about 250 replacement openings for approximately 350 total annual openings.