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Automotive and Heavy Equipment Mechanics

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Work Environment

Automotive and heavy equipment mechanics usually work inside large repair garages. They work outdoors when making emergency repairs in the field.

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After ensuring adequate manpower, supplies, and workspace are available, automotive and heavy equipment mechanics maintain and repair various vehicles and systems. They determine the overall mechanical condition of vehicles and heavy equipment, diagnose malfunctions, and initiate restorative actions related to equipment in their area of responsibility.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for automotive and heavy equipment mechanics consists of classroom and hands-on training, including work on vehicles and equipment. Training content varies depending on specialty, and may include:

  • Repairing mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fuel, and armament systems
  • Repairing and replacing body panels, fenders, and radiators
  • Engine repair and tune-up or replacement
  • Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts
  • Use of electronic, electrical and mechanical test equipment
  • Shop operations, such as inventory control
  • Use and care of hand and power tools
  • Use of automated information systems

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in automotive engines and how they work
  • Interest in troubleshooting and repairing mechanical problems
  • Preference for physical work

Related Civilian Careers

  • Helpers--Installation, Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
  • Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers
  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists