Automotive and Heavy Equipment MechanicsTransportation, Distribution & Logistics
Automotive and heavy equipment mechanics usually work inside large repair garages. They work outdoors when making emergency repairs in the field.
Average Military Salary
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.
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:
- Interest in automotive engines and how they work
- Interest in troubleshooting and repairing mechanical problems
- Preference for physical work
Related Civilian Careers
- Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants, Painters, Transportation Equipment, Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers, Installation, Maintenance and Repair Workers, All Other, Tire Repairers and Changers, Rail Car Repairers, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines, Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, Automotive Specialty Technicians, Automotive Master Mechanics, Automotive Body and Related Repairers, Avionics Technicians, First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers, Elevator Installers and Repairers, First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers, Receptionists and Information Clerks, Non-Destructive Testing Specialists, General and Operations Managers